Posts Tagged ‘(e) concert photography’


K first off when the lighting doesn’t change much throughout the show you start to get a little creative… so I shot through some red fabric that was hanging over by the vip lounge area.

The last set I did at this venue was pretty epic being able to have some good access and use some unique lighting… but this was great show because it was challenged me in other ways.

Contrary to all the light you see in the picture above most of the show was lit by only a couple of light bulbs surrounding the artists. (Like below)


I’ve run into John Allred at several other shows I’ve taken pictures of in the past. Finally after all these years I got time to make it to one of his own shows.
(good thing it was two days because I was originally gonna hit the first night)


The velour is a great place to take pictures in my opinion. I guess I haven’t been to hundreds of spots but it’s one of my favorites so far.

Even with this unique setup that they did with this show being off the stage it worked well.


Most of the pictures were taken with my new 85mm f/1.4 lens and yet I still had to go pretty high with my ISO and low with the shutter speed.

(If anyone see’s a 50mm f/1.4 I believe i left mine there the last time I did a concert. I know… sad day :(

The setting was not one where I could get away making my radio controlled lights seem like they were part of the light show… since there was no light show.

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I guess it also makes it moody when you take pictures through random fabric… like this one above… it did help to make the bare light bulb look a little cooler.


I told him that the pictures would therefore be a bit more grainy and moody… he said he’s down with that.
I think lots of people have to default to a grainy moody look for lots of concerts simply due to limitations of their cameras… But I hope that I added great ideas, composition and used the lighting to my advantage… in ways that set these pictures apart.

BTW the pictures are all taken with my backup camera the D7000 which doesn’t handle low light quite like my normal camera the D700 – but it was nice having that challenge and seeing what it could do when in a pinch.




Concerts are fun… but, I’m still a full time wedding photographer

I love doing wedding photography. I make a living at it.

However concert/band photography is a lot of fun… it helps stir the creativity deal with difficult lighting situations and stretches the photo-skills (if done well)

So I told a past groom that I’d take pictures of his Brother’s popular band when they came through town. Heck I owed them one since taking pictures of their band 2-3 years ago is what got me the wedding gig in the first place.


I consider my photo-hobbies to be landscapes and concerts… I love doing them but am not presently looking into making money at them.

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Concert Photography Requests

I’m more than willing to do more concert photography.

Under following condition.

1. They must actively want me there… (unless it’s a band I really really love)… a simple “sure you can come” isn’t enough. I want them to know that I’m there and appreciate it.

2. We trade music for pictures. (Meaning if I have future projects that need music I get to use the music in said videos, or websites) that kind of trade… probably be good to actually have the digital files to listen to and stuff.

3. I get really good publicity out of it.

4. ┬áIf either #1, #2 or #3 isn’t the case then I’ll take money.
(Heck I’ll take money anyways if they insist … but most small bands aren’t rolling in it if you know what I mean :)

5. It’s often a last moment decision based on what I want to do that week. Unless of course I get paid in which case I’ll for sure set aside the date.

If you really like a band tell them I might be willing to come and see what their level of interest… you can be my manager for the day. See if that gets you a free ticket or at least more access with me.

I’m not saying I’m jumping into this as a profession… but I do enjoy it and wouldn’t mind doing a lot more.


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While the band waited backstage I took a couple of pictures of the group together. (I think this one is pretty fitting of them)



OK so the above photographs are of Eyes Lips Eyes – They started in Utah… but now they are based out of southern California


Another group from California made their way up… Chasing Kings.






I was doing group pictures during this other band but got back for a few.





OK let’s end with a few more of the main band and reason I went that night.






To see more go to the gallery

As far as the Bands are concerned they are allowed to use these pictures on Facebook … go to the Gallery and Rt Click and save and upload to facebook.


Taking pictures for the organizers of the event and the salt lake street event

We had full access to in front of the stage for all the bands but only two songs for collective soul.
But they had such a crazy awesome light show and so much action going on up on stage that I was on rapid fire non stop.

You can see all of them including a ton of fan shots here

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A note to those doing concert photography. You can take great photos and not be rude and in everyone’s way during a concert.
You don’t need to use flash even if they let you.
Remember there’s a lot of people who paid money to come, you should be try when you can to be out of their way.
Don’t stay in one place for too long. Be courteous.

Don’t give us other photographers a bad rap.




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I must say that Collective Soul puts on the best show I’ve ever been to.
And really I haven’t been to a lot of concerts.
I’ve just started because I’ve found I love photographing them.



Ah the 14mm, fun lights and the use of my flash set up in the back to make it really light up. Firing with a pocket wizard.
Made for some fun fan shots throughout the night. Didn’t affect the stage of course.

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Allred sang and it was a bit more low key. Just needed to wait for the moments and the expressions.



So I’ve never done pictures at an after party.
Turns out it’s like a mix between clubbing and an actual concert.

This was an after party for the David Archuleta concert at the E Center

So I suppose it wasn’t so different after all since I’ve done a bunch of concerts now.
However it was a ton darker in this location than usual locations i’ve shot at.

Thanks to the Sams (The promoters) for letting me come party.
Enjoy your pics.

Full Gallery Here

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David Osmond


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Daniel Archuleta




see all 300 pictures of concert here


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To see all pictures Go Here





Then there was Vanilla ICE





And Vanilla Ice’s Creepy clown friend


His cool DJ


They brought in the water and Confetti



My personal favorite of the night was a group called:

Love You Long Time







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Concerts are so dark that you pretty much need to constantly adjust and play with lights and stuff.
There’s all sorts of crazy lighting schemes going on and often the band can be drenched in red light or in almost total darkness.

What comes out in pictures is more emotive and artsy stuff than clear crisp pictures.
Almost every picture I like had some kind of colored light shinning in the background, or colored light covering from head to toe.

But concerts are nice because even though you might take 700 shots you don’t have to edit nearly that many because half of them are complete crap and you end up with a mear 300-400 that are bareable and in the end push out 200 that could be likeable because you realize fans really are fanatic and will love almost anything and everything. And that’s mostly who they’re for anyway.

Who knows what other concert photographers are doing, I’ve never looked at another concert photographers pictures a day in my life… but it could be fun do it more often.
My concert tips would be these:

  • Have a nice fast camera with great ISO (less grain)
  • Get close… preferable front row next to the stage. (Many reasons why most other places aren’t nearly as good… including backstage)
  • After you take all your front row pictures try a few other spots towards the end of the show.
  • Have a press pass because most places won’t let you take pictures with a nice camera unless you do.
  • Edit them to be interesting or artsy. (Like a concert photographer not a photojournalist.)
  • Ear plugs… you’ll probably be right next to really big speakers. Besides it’s not like they’ll block the music… just dampen.
  • Get close and zoom in.
  • Fast Lenses. (1.8 or 2.8 is pretty good)
  • Use a flash and set it to low output. (you want the flash to freeze their actions but you want the background colors to come out well.)
  • Sometimes don’t use flash and set the shutter speed high.
  • If you want good pictures get their early because you really do need to be front row(unless you spent thousands on fast telephoto lenses)
  • Get a fast prime lens. (i had a 28mm f/2.8 and a 50mm f/1.8 a 80mm 1.8 would be great and obviously the faster the better)
  • Take a ton and then delete a ton. (You’re experimenting at first and you’ll delete a lot of them)
  • Even it technically fails you can rescue it as an emotive artsy kinda picture. (meaning think twice before getting rid of all blurry pictures)
  • Get tips from A Real Concert Photographer… because i’m not one.


I have a photo gig at a Rock Concert Tonight

How did this happen?

So i have a friend that likes going to concerts. (A couple groups in particular)

I took pictures at one of them (not ever having done it before)
and besides the ear damage I had a great time.
And the pictures Rock! (Pun intended)
It was nice that she talked to the band, introduced me
and then proceeded to link my galleries of the event on fan sites and wikipedia
She then proceeded to get me a press pass for her next favorite band. (Tonight)

So I’m going tonight… it’s gonna be fun to have more access and to have them know who I am before the concert starts.

What I’m saying is that if you have a favorite group and want me to take pictures… you set it up.

If it’s on a weekday that I’m not doing anything I might be interested in coming…
the key here is that you need to talk to them and set things up.
Because I’m too lazy and I don’t get paid for it so I’m not about to start trying. (Not that I would be opposed to money)

Moreso if i just know hundreds or thousands of people get to see and use the pictures and stuff.
(They’ll have my watermark… so it’s good advertizing)