Recently I photographed the Mediaeval Baebes’ Christmas concert at the famous St James’s Church Piccadilly in London. It was a beautiful and a very high standard performance in beautiful surroundings.
Photographing live music events is not an easy task. Getting the perfect focus while the artist is moving can be very challenging especially in low light (other example – alternative rock gig photography). Below are a few tricks that will help you photograph a live music event in a stunning way.
1. Focus on the artist, create different plans and compose well.
Create several plans in your frame: focus on one model and create a blurred background or foreground. That will make the observer focus on the part of a picture you want. Add good composition and voilà.
Remember that photography is not only documenting the world but it’s showing your personal perspective. So make each picture a piece of art!
2. Photograph with a wide open aperture.
A deficiency of light is always a problem. Be sure that you set up your aperture to be wide open and let in the maximum amount of light possible. For live music photography I recommend using prime lenses with 1.4 or 1.8 aperture.