At a music venue, photographers have no control over lighting, the actions of performers, or the movement of an entranced crowd. Outdoor festivals offer additional challenges related to weather, and smaller venues could be overcrowded with neon signs and smoke. The best live band photographers need to be creative in their approach and quickly adjust to the environment with a minimum amount of equipment.
Just like with our other clients, at Studio M we like to establish a relationship with bands and musicians prior to the show in order to get feel for their genre and vibe. We also arrive early to the venue to evaluate the lighting and the crowd.
We also like to establish the musician or band’s expectations. Can we get up on stage with you? Do you want pictures of the crowd? Wide-angle shots? Close-ups of the instruments? We feel like the best concert photographers seamlessly become part of the performance and capture the experience from both the band and the crowd’s perspective.