If you are music lover like me, you’ll understand when I say that there is probably nothing more rewarding than going to a concert from your idol and taking pictures of them that last a lifetime. There is just something electric about a musical concert that is missing from other events. The music, the energy, the people chanting the lyrics to that one defining verse of the song, it all combines to create an atmosphere like none other. And if you can capture all of that with your camera, you can relive it whenever you want.
Unfortunately, doing that is not very easy. Concerts, especially if they are at night, are difficult to cover because of the poor lighting and fast action going on. Fear not though! Here are my top three tips that can help you take amazing concert photos at night:
- Get the Right Lenses:
Much like any other kind of specialized photography, concert photography requires you to get a fast prime lens. A cheap 50mm f1.8 is a good place to start, as it gives you a nice balance between a normal field of view and a short telephoto range. Use it at the widest aperture, and you won’t have to take your ISO further than it needs to go.
- Shoot in RAW:
It’s important that you shoot your photos in RAW. The reason for this is, even with a fast lens, you’ll have to use an ISO in the ranges of 1600, which means that noise is sure to creep into your photos. A workaround for this is to get a more expensive full-frame camera, but not everyone can afford one. So shoot in RAW and give yourself room to reduce noise later in a RAW processing software like Adobe Lightroom or Capture One.
- Go Ballistic on that Shutter Button:
In order to get the perfect shot, you should put your camera on Continuous Burst mode and take as many photos as your memory card allows. Speaking of memory cards, get a fast and big memory card that writes the photos quickly and allows you to shoot more. Once you have a large number of photos, you can easily go through them and pick out the best and sharpest ones for the final touches.
Remember, you don’t always need the most expensive of equipment, just start taking photos and then see what you need. So now that you know how I take my concert photos, go out there and take some of your own.