11 music photography mistakes everyone always makes (and how to avoid them)

11 music photography mistakes everyone always makes (and how to avoid them)

Common Music Photography Mistakes: 10. Spare cards not ready

Our professional photographer's recommended gear: fast memory cards

If you’ve only got three songs during in which you can photograph the Rolling Stones you don’t want spend an entire song rummaging around in your bag trying to find a memory card.

And once you find it, you don’t want to waste even more time checking that it’s not got any important images on it and formatting it.

You need to be prepared well before the band comes on.

Make sure that your memory cards are formatted and easy to access so you can swap to a new one in a flash.

Also, check the status of your camera’s battery and if it’s not fully charged, swap to another that is.


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Common Music Photography Mistakes: 11. Failure to edit

Common Music Photography Mistakes: 11. Failure to edit

Select your best shots and process them carefully

When you’re at the mercy of changing lights and subjects that move erratically it makes sense to switch your camera to continuous autofocus and continuous shooting mode.

However, the downside of this can be that you wind up with lots of shots, and many of them maybe similar.

As you hone your music photography skills you’ll start to become more particular about when you press the shutter release and for how long.

Having lots of good images isn’t a problem, but if you’re showing your images to bands, venues or promoters in the hope of getting more access you should be very selective about the images that you put in your portfolio.

They won’t thank you if you show than long sequences of images that are very similar, or huge collections of the same event.

A photographer who shows just ten great images will be held in much higher regard than one that shows ten great images mixed in with 90 mediocre shots.


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  • Jackie

    I took my camera to a small invited guests concert and was told by the bouncers that I couldn’t use it because it’s a professional camera. EVERYONE around me was using their phones and tablets. I had my Canon 100D with my 55 x 250 lens. Hardly professional and I was in nobody’s way. Unlike all those holding up their tablets and blocking the view. Put me right off Music photography.

  • dvjm

    This is becoming an issue in many different areas. I am not a professional. I take photos for my own enjoyment, or of my kids or grandkids. I hate having to bring in some point and shoot or zoom because the DSLR or mirrorless is considered “professional.” And you are right” The I-pads and phones being held up all over are MUCH more annoying.