by Brad Moore | 8 comments
Tony, Scotty, Felix, and Scott jamming for the Real World Concert Photography pre-con class
Photo by Brad Moore
Man, I wish I was there.
If you want a more realistic concert photography experience you will need to have a ton of extremely drunk people standing a few inches from your camera spilling beer everywhere and bumping roughly into you every few minutes doing what they think is dancing. That would of course be combined with a bunch of red lighting on the singer and guitarist with little to no light on the drummer and of course the standard rule against using any sort of flash. :)
Boy howdy to that summary. You described my Saturday night shoot perfectly, except the drummer and lead were well lit, the second singer, lead guitar and bass were in deep darkness. go to Facebook and find the group Coco Bann, there’s an album of 70+ I shot at a bar in Grapevine TX called Wilhoites. (d700, 4000 and 6400 ISO with 80-200/2.8 lens)
That’s awesome! I wish I were there, but I didn’t have money for Vegas this year. The conference is great for offering up such an opportunity. @Hans, I understand what you’re saying and I think it’s partially in jest, but I think it’s good to learn the basics in a nice, controlled environment before you tackle the real thing with the crazy concert-goers.
Too much light, too much space in the front of the stage and to much unstressed time for real concert photography… ;-)
It was a great group of people and they shot some awesome images. The guys really gave them a great show!
Thanks for taking the time to discuss this,would you mind updating your blog with more information? It is extremely helpful for me.
this was a really quality post. In theory I’d like to write like this too – taking time and real effort to make a good article… but what can I say… I procrastinate a lot and never seem to get something done.
Scott teaches Photoshop & Photography at kelbyone.com. He is Editor-in-Chief for Photoshop User magazine and hosts shows at KelbyTV.com.