1. avatar forevertwisted
    Seeing as there always a string of local photographers posting up their pictures here was looking for some advice for getting good pictures at gigs.

    Have a DSLR (Canon 550D) and just ordered a 50mm prime 1.8 MKII. Still new to photography. So what else do I need to do to achieve best results.
    Fast shutter and a higher ISO with a wide open aperture is what im thinking, but what else?

    Spot metering? When my lens arrives going to take a stab at it but would like to be a step ahead by the time this comes. Any advice would be sweet
  2. avatar Recycled Alien
    I'm not any kind of expert, but I agree with the idea of using a fast lens and higher sensitivity. Flash at a gig generally just kills the atmosphere in the photo.
  3. avatar Pavel
    Honestly, forget all the technical stuff, throw it out the window in fact - and watch.
  4. avatar the_doctor199
    I wrote a guide for a few websites last year, it should hopefully explain a good bit of it: [url=http://www.sevenbyfive.net/help/guide-to-music-photography/]Link[/url]

    Obviously there's lots of different ways of achieving great results, this is just what works for me.
  5. avatar forevertwisted
    Excellent, thanks for the link Ramsey, always admired your work! Will get reading that now and hope it sheds a bit more light. Was reading through a fair bit of Todd Owyoungs stuff which shed a good bit of light on various aspects.

    I know what you mean Pavel, I find the same approach when it comes to recording bands but I feel like I need to grasp some of the technical aspects so that when I see the perfect shot i'm able to capture it. Nothing worse than seeing a shot and not being able to capture it exactly as imagined.
  6. avatar Strong Reaction
    Experiment.

    And keep the flash off.
  7. avatar PunksatonyPhil
    Hi there,

    I'd tend to agree with SR and Pavel, forget all the technical stuff, mess about for a few gigs and find your own tricks, makes for an easier life...

    Good luck!
  8. avatar marcleachphotography
    Just be passionate
  9. avatar TheJaneBradfords
    Flash if used right can give some interesting effects in gig photography. Its damned near essential for some venues in Belfast - provided the artist/promoter allows it.
  10. avatar JrHunter
    I'd attempt to give some advice, but that'd probably be counter productive :lol: I just got my first DSLR 2 years ago or so and taught myself as I went along and now I've got a whole pile of photos that I love, some people may not think they are any good but I like them! Other people liking them is just a rather awesome bonus :D

    The only advice I could offer would be if it's what you enjoy then stick at it and don't let anybody tell you any different!


    [url=http://www.facebook.com/Jrhunterphotography]WARNING: SHAMELESS PLUG![/url] :lol:
  11. avatar Strong Reaction
    check with the artist first before taking shots and using them also.
  12. avatar Pavel
    A recent development has offered me up the ability to pontificate on a certain point.

    ...watch certain bands as they will try and fleece you.
  13. avatar flightstrip
    haha...no shit mr Pavel!lol.

    heres a wee pic from friday nite in Ma Kellys (which is now my
    fave Ma s'....ahem!) taken by Ciara McMullan.itd prob be a good idea for photographers to start a thread of recent gigs and bung up pics.that would be good all round.its prob a better idea for photographers to deal with the promoter rather than an individual band as they wont piss u about.Mark McCauley (who does the regular Ma Kellys in Ballymoney) is a true gent....not all are though!
    [img:5dc58b9221]http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/205688_10150184513237145_204549717144_6857947_8060528_n.jpg[/img:5dc58b9221]

    (i must apologise to all at this gig for deafening the shit outta u.but it was called for!);)
  14. avatar marcleachphotography
    flash to me was alright
    I got in trouble once from it, when i took some photos at the Ricky Warwick show in Lisburn, but during that time I was still learing.

    I had a Jessops flash gun and it was dead on! However within a year i had to replace it as they kept dying.
    My last one died a few months ago. Since then I dont use flash at shows.

    After I got my Nikon D90, i dont really use flash. The high ISO helped alot, plus the 50mm f1.8 really helps!

    Its all a matter of people's tastes like.

    But to me personally, when it comes to music photography, you gotta be passionate about not just the photography, but the music.
  15. avatar TheJaneBradfords
    I've become more interested in camera projection this year. I'm planning to do more of it over the summer when I've got a bit of time.

    <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/17236366?title=0&byline=0&portrait=0" width="400" height="275" frameborder="0"></iframe><p><a href="http://vimeo.com/17236366">General Fiasco - Camera Projection Test</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user5063502">The Jane Bradfords</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>
  16. avatar Pavel
    That's a great shot there Deci.
  17. avatar marcleachphotography
    If you need some help
    Go to this

    http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=177436178972430
  18. avatar iain
    I think the biggest tips I can give is to get right up front and block everyone's view. And push people out of the way so you can get that perfect shot of the guitarist having a sneaky scratch. After all the punters are only there to watch the band, this is your livelihood, you're documenting the scene for the future!
  19. avatar Pavel
    Like.
  20. avatar forevertwisted
    Trial and error.com
    Had a good session yesterday, harder than it looks though, nightmare at the beginning!

    [img:24f7dfbf4c]http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5104/5650233388_44046382e0_b.jpg[/img:24f7dfbf4c]

    [img:24f7dfbf4c]http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5181/5649662081_23d737d27e_b.jpg[/img:24f7dfbf4c]
  21. avatar DuncanDisorderly
    Create your own style.

    Don't emulate other people's work.

    Don't be boring.

    Remember that it is more an art and than a science.

    I only work in video but this applies to photography too.
  22. avatar Pavel
    Again, like.
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  24. avatar Dirty Stevie Grizz
    It's probably a good idea to contact the artist after the gig, with a link to where the photos can be viewed & potentially purchased?

    Personally, I never usually want to see them as I always look ridiculous, but sometimes you wonder what has become of the shots that have ben taken all night, and if your arsecrack was really hanging out as badly as you'd imagined
  25. avatar forevertwisted
    Very good point stevie, never thought of that myself! When I get the rest edited and uploaded will send through a few messages.
    Never realised there was so much to think about
  26. avatar Pavel
    Don't get too caught up in all of the thinking man, think less - as said.

    Especially when starting out - to embellish on Stevie's point, or one of the points you can take from his post: concentrate on learning what you like and slipping into taking the photos before you get bogged down in getting them 'out there'.

    Get comfortable.