Five Tips to Help You Take Better Pictures at Shows
Reprinted with permisssion from the New York Institute of Photography
Whenever you attend a concert of your favorite performer, band, group or
orchestra, best of all your child's music recital, you'd love to take some
pictures, wouldn't you? You can get some great photos...if you know how to
go about it correctly. Here are five tips from Chuck DeLaney, Dean
world's largest photography school, New York Institute of
to help you take better photos of musicians.
1. Get their permission. At a small club, wait for a break, and courteously
ask the musician's permission to get in close to take a few photos. They'll
almost always agree. Most theaters don't permit photography during a
regular concert. So you need permission. Go to the management beforehand
and explain that you won't be using flash (Tip 2) and that you'll only
shoot during loud passages when your camera can't be heard (Tip 4). You
won't get permission at Carnegie Hall, but you might at the local
hall or school auditorium.
2. Use available light. No flash. Flash would be disconcerting for both the
musicians and the audience.
3. Use fast film. Without flash, you need fast film. ISO 800 or faster.
4. Wait for loud passages to drown out the possibly irritating click of
5. Anticipate pauses. Without flash, you have to use a slow shutter speed.
A wildly gyrating musician will come out a blur. You want to shoot when
your subject is relatively still.
If you follow these five tips and the other five listed in the complete
article, DeLaney says you're sure to get good pictures of the musicians.
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