Considered as one of the most difficult types of photography to master, landscape photography requires sticking to basic rules in order to capture the perfect shot. This is one of the basic rules in photography, you need to consider the time of the day the pictures are taken.
Don’t worry, you will have a lot of opportunity to visit a specific place, no need to trip all over yourself trying vainly to capture the perfect shot! Once you are done with your photo shoot, there are many tools you can use to enhance your work. If you enjoyed this post, please consider leaving a comment or subscribing to the RSS feed to have future articles delivered to your feed reader. Great tips…but I find it extremely unsettling that the first image seen is that of somebody (and apparently the shooter as well) on railroad tracks! We are always looking for more interesting and insightful photography tips and techniques to share with our readers. Concert photography is probably one of the most challenging fields in photography, but also one of the most rewarding. Concert Photography is the dream of many passionate music and photography lovers out there. If you want to get into concert photography as soon as possible, get yourself a good DSLR and don’t think about it anymore. When starting out in concert photography on a budget, I would recommend the cheap 50mm f1.8 prime lens (it’s available for all brands and is a no-brainer!), because of its ability to shoot in low-light at its highest aperture setting. As you have to carry all your equipment to the front of the stage, you really need to have a great camera bag which protects your gear well. If you want to stand out from the average snapshot photographers, you have to post-process your photos. Speaking for myself, the post-production process should be as painless as possible, because I don’t want to spend hours in front of my computer. What Lightroom handles very well is the fact that you can manage your files (you can rank them with stars, flags or different colors) and process them in one application. Using these 7 tools, you’ll be ready to kickstart your career in concert photography right now. Matthias Hombauer is a self-taught music photographer and the founder of How to Become a Rockstar Photographer where he teaches people how to start out as a concert photographer. That is an excellent observation and one that i’ve never seen anyone mention in any article on shooting concerts! Mostly, it doesn’t matter, what is the brand, as long it is DSLR with decent autofocus.
Mirrorless cameras won’t work, for concert photography, because of relatively bad autofocus. It can be quite challenging, to make sure, that your photos are first ones, that are posted on facebook. Usually, concerts happen in late evenings, so, editing photos, when you are tired, is really bad idea.
This way, I make sure sure, that my photos are first ones, posted on facebook, and I don’t have to delete my first post, to create separate post for new photos.
To see more of his work please visit his studio website blurMEDIAphotography, or follow him on Twitter, 500px, Google Plus or YouTube. Stefan Kohler is a conceptual photographer, specialized in mixing science, technology and photography. When he isn't waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. Photo walks are a good opportunity, if you want to start street photography but then are too scared to go out on our your own. Children unlike their adult counterparts do not ask many questions and love having their picture taken. Any gear you have will do, DSLR, point and shoot camera or even a mobile camera will do, just go out there and shoot. Needless to say you have to overcome your fear of photographing strangers to get good photographs. This fear of clicking a stranger might end you in a zone of missing some real precious moments.
Now, you won’t be an expert overnight but by keeping these tips in mind, you can create landscape photos that you could be proud of.
More so if you are doing landscape photography because you want to maximize the natural lighting. I have been using a camera for 40+ years and have learnt so much from the earlier days of darkroom processing and I now love the digital format.
I can clearly remember the first time I stood in the photo pit, getting ready to shoot the alternative band, Tv On The Radio. However, there isn’t much information around detailing how to succeed at concert photography. Depending on your budget, try to buy a crop sensor (entry level) DSLR camera with a maximum ISO setting of at least ISO 3200.


If you are constantly moving the camera swings in front of your chest all the time, your neck hurts if you use heavier lenses and you always have the feeling you have to protect it by holding and stabilizing it with one hand. There are a lot of different options such as backpacks, shoulder bags, trolleys or pelicases. Your working environment has a sound level similar to sitting on a bulldozer and if you plan to do this job for many years, you’d better start off taking the right precautions. Being a photographer is not only about taking photos, but also knowing how to handle special software to get the best out of them.
If the band has already played other dates on their tour, there may be images or video footage of their show.
Of course there are other options like Sony, Fuji, Pentax, Olympus, Samsung, Panasonic,…BUT, Canon and Nikon offer the most versatile lens line up. It’s not the idea lens IMHO, but the camera has worked well enough for me in dark situations.
Before then, I just used swimmers earplugs that were about 8 bucks a case and were reusable a decent amount of times. I saw a video on Petapixel where photographer was recording a concert and the scene slowly disappeared.
Well, for now let’s say that it is capturing people and places, going about the day to day life in an artistic way. The compactness coupled with the fact that it makes no noise will make you less obvious as a photographer which is good as it help you blend in more and makes it that much easier to capture those candid photographs you are after. Generally, the best time to take landscape pictures is a few minutes before, during and after dawn. However, to achieve softer play of light, optimize the beauty of your subject by shooting at a time when the light is at its softest. We recommend selecting a small aperture so the shot is sharper, the whole scene is in focus and there is less distortion. By exploring different explores, you can highlight the littlest of detail and correct exposure in every element of the photograph. Start your photography journey with the equipment you can afford and don’t be tempted to spend huge money! Tripods, or monopods are a valuable and often underused accessory, regardless of the type of camera you have. Hold the camera against a steady door frame or handy pole – assuming there’s one about! My website provides some great information to anyone who would like to take advantage of it. I was still trying to figure out the right settings on my camera when suddenly the lights in the venue went off.
You will be faced with low lighting conditions on stage and therefore need the option to set high ISO values.
This kind of lens is good for “everyday” photography purposes, like travel and birthday parties outside, but they are absolutely useless for concert photography. The “Nifty Fifty” – also called the “plastic fantastic” – has saved me more than a few times when the lighting technician seemed to be asleep and the stage was almost pitch black. I personally prefer the comfort of a backpack and I use a Manfrotto Advanced Gear backpack L to carry all my equipment. There are many applications available, but the ease-of-use of Adobe Lightroom nailed it for me.
I agree that full-frame cameras make tons of sense for a concert photographer, but it’s absolutely not a must-have item when starting out. This proves to be valuable so you can identify great positions to be in at certain moments. Being courteous and aware of other people, other photographers and their equipment is really essential. Once you decided which system you`re going to invest in you should stick to it, otherwise it will cost you a lot to switch. But, when it comes, to shooting moving subjects in dim and strobing lighting – current mirrorless cameras have no chance. The other advantage of photographing in a crowded place is that you can blend in with the crowd and people won’t pay much attention to you.
You watch and learn the art of interacting with the subject more from the experienced people. This will help you in understanding how to interact with the subject and before you know it, you will start interacting with different subjects. These times are when the light is at its softest and soft light is what you should be gunning for.
In addition, we suggest setting the ISO level to low to ensure the shot will come out crisp. The range of point and shoot cameras now available at very reasonable prices are really all you need to start.


Use them – you do NOT need to spend money to start, apart from the camera and other hardware.
What the camera sees and records in a picture is really quite different to what we see with our eyes!
The band got on the stage, hundreds of people started screaming behind me and I thought, “Am I dreaming or is this real?” Then it hit me – damn, it’s real and I’d better get back to reality quickly and take some great photos! Something else that holds people back from starting to live their dream is thinking that they need the expensive gear that pro photographers use. Nikon and Canon are (still) the biggest players in the market and offer a wide variety of lenses, so you might want to consider one of these brands. Remember, the higher the ISO setting on your camera, the warmer the camera sensor will become, which will lead to higher noise levels in your photos. So, as well as your kit lens, you will need to get another lens, or save some money and opt for a “body only” purchase. CF cards are still used in high-end, full format cameras such as the Nikon D800 and upwards. Imagine arriving at the concert late with your camera trolley and having to fight your way through the crowd with it!
Recently, Adobe released Lightroom 6 as part of the creative cloud and also as a stand-alone package. A good example was a band that I shot last year relied heavily on being backlit for most of the set except for key moments in the songs. Fuji has a fantastic new mirrorless system with the X-T1, but I wouldn?t recommend a $1800+ camera + lens to start with. Try going to a place like Koyambedu flower market in Chennai or Dadar flower market in Mumbai to get some nice and colorful photographs.
One disadvantage in a photo walk may be that, multiple people click the same subject and you may not get any unique shots. Finally, set the white balance manually before taking a photograph to prevent any weird colorcast. If you find that you want to go further with photography – then buy equipment as you can afford to advance. Maybe make a To Do list of different types of picture you have seen and would like to try to replicate.
Many of the point and shoot cameras are pretty sophisticated – much more so than when we started back in the 70s and 80s!! A few tips from experienced photographers can mean a lot to help your photographic experiences. In this article, I’m going to show you 7 tools that will help you to get started and bring your concert photography career to the next level. Just go to your local photography store, hold some and decide which camera body best fits in your hands. Therefore, it?s important your camera has the ability to deal with high ISO settings to get the best quality photos.
From my experience, an f-number of f2.8 and smaller is a must for low-light, gig photography.
These types of earplugs just mean you can’t hear anything and are definitely not the solution you’re looking for right now. By knowing when it was going to happen beforehand, I was able to get the best possible shot. DSLRs are still the way to go in concert photography and up to date Nikon and Canon are the ones who offer you from 14mm up to 500mm every focal length you need. The highest rated is 33 (though i’ve seen one for 35) and they are dirt cheap at amazon. Try striking up a conversation with someone or ask directions instead of using google maps, this practice can do wonders for your people skills and in no time you will overcome your fear of shooting strangers. 7 years later, every concert I shoot still gives me an adrenaline kick and there?s always a new challenge to deal with.
For concert photography, I would suggest starting with either the Nikon D3100, D3300, D7200 or the Canon EOS Rebel T5, T3i or T5i.
Instead of getting one 64GB card, get two 32GB cards in case one of them dies during a concert. Secondly, the weight is distributed diagonally so this strap is great for carrying heavier lenses. There are two different camera straps on the market that use the same principle: California Sun Sniper and Black Rapid strap. The faster the write speed of your memory card, the faster you can take a succession of images without having to wait for the camera to catch up.



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