Since I started doing concert photography not so very long ago, I’ve had the chance to attend a lot of concerts and take a lot photos. It’s not always easy, but I enjoy the freedom and challenge of using whatever lighting I have to work with.
Some shots work out really well (often to my surprise as I still don’t think I’m fully competent with a camera).
Like this one. I managed to get the white balance pretty close to right (the lighting was very yellow).
Lighting, of course, plays a huge part in getting a good picture. You can’t ask the venue to change the lighting to suit your purposes because you’re there to capture the show and you do your best to work with what they give you.
This means that I often have tons of pictures of the lead singer (or whoever is best lit) and relatively few of other, less well lit members of the band/backing band. I find it nearly impossible to get a good photo of the drummer because they’re always in the back buried behind a drumset (and autofocus loves drumsets and microphone stands).
And sometimes photos don’t turn out so well, but I still like them.
Not the best, clarity-wise, but I was so enthralled by the bass player’s hair that I had to try to get a picture of him (despite the fact that he was standing in the shadows). It looked like one of those fuzzy hats with the ear-flaps. Brilliant!
Here’s a few more of my favs from that night.