Concert Photography

The concert photography is one of the most difficult fields in the photography world, different to others kind of photos; in this photography we have no control of almost anything in the picture. We can’t direct the object being photographed, we do not have control over the lighting, which is constantly changing, also there are people around us who paid money for enjoying the show so we can’t annoy them and last but not least we have limited restrictions on any angle.

Tips for improving your concert photography 

1- Always use “M” (Manual Mode)

The lights in the concerts change a lot so you need to have to be able to control all the settings of your camerareally fast if you don’t want to lose the perfect photo.

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(Photo by Canon Digital Learning Center – Canon Global, License CC)

2- Use the Lowest Aperture Possible

Use fast lenses. Set your aperture to the smallest number on your lens (. f/1.8). This allows the most possible light to enter your sensor and is an excellent option with low light situations.


Unless you want to have photo with a moving effect, use a fast shutter speed so you make sure you freeze the action, the formula to know what exactly is the speed that freezes the action is: Make sure the speed is higher than the number of your lens so if you have a 28mm -135mm to make sure you freeze the action you have to set the speed greater than 135.

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(Photo by Hani Amir, License CC)

4- Use High ISO 

The higher the ISO less light you need to a correct composition but also need to be alert of the noise.

5- Spot Metering 

This takes a light reading limited to the center of your viewfinder so check your manua and set this setting. When shooting concerts, you will often find yourself in a situation where the artist is hit by a spotlight and the rest of the stage is almost dark. When using spot metering mode, place the artist’s face in the middle of your viewfinder and you’ll get the right exposure for it.


(Photo by Natasha Díaz, License CC)

6- Use Burst 

Set your camera to multi-shot mode, It allows you to rapidly shoot three to four photos in a row of course depending on the frames per second of your camera model. Is important to set this feature because in a concert the subject move a lot and you don’t want a blurry photo, you want a perfect still photo.


(Photo by Natasha Díaz, License CC)

7- Never use Flash 

First of all, if you use flash in a concert I’m sure you are going to get kick out because the light of the flash annoys the person in front and also flash pictures don’t look awesome so don’t use it.


(Photo by Natasha Díaz, License CC)

8- Shoot in RAW

If you shoot in JPEG mode, the internal camera computer adds contrast, saturation and sharpness to your photos. The files look great when you open them on your computer, but you can’t manage them in post-production. If you shoot in RAW format, the camera does not process the photo and the advantage is that you can change things like exposure, white balance, saturation, contrast and clarity.

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(Photo by The Phoblographer, License CC)

9- Use Silhouettes 

Lenses with over 2.8 aperture can cause problems when trying to capture the subject on focus. This is because of the changing lights that are usually dark. One of the solutions is to shoot silhouettes. Is better to have a silhouette that is very clear so that the viewer can see and understand what the subject in the frame it is without seeing his faces. You can take a good silhouettes when there is no light on the subject and the only lights are behind the band, singer or dancer.

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