Everybody loves a show!
Most of the photographic jobs I do these days involve live band photography. Shooting a show can be tricky…the lighting is unpredictable (and often close to non-existent!); the crowd makes moving around to get your shot difficult (sometimes near impossible), and musicians are always in motion.
While these (and many other) factors can make live band photography difficult, they are also the lifeblood of it. The key to good band photography is NOT stopping motion. The key is to bring the feeling of being at the show to a still image. The crowd, the lighting, even blur…they are all part of that. Feel the music; be a part of the crowd…AND TURN OFF YOUR FLASH!
Photography isn’t only about the visual, it’s about the visceral. What you’re feeling as you take the picture often comes through in the image, whether you intend it to or not.
One of the beauties of digital photography is instant feedback. If something isn’t working, try something else. Another beauty of digital photography: you aren’t committed to a given image. Take risks; you can always delete what doesn’t work later.
That being said, the most important thing in ANY photographic situation is to understand your equipment. The best equipment money can buy means nothing if you don’t understand what it can (and can’t) do and how to use it.
Taken with a Casio Exilim EX-Z9, an inexpensive (street price was about $130; MSRP was about $160) compact point and shoot. In case you care, mine is orange.
Crüxshadows, 31 August 2008 at Dragon*con in Atlanta, Georgia. Other photos from this show, all taken with this camera, can be seen here.