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: 2. Using flash

Common Music Photography Mistakes: 2. Using flash

Using flash would’ve ruined the atmosphere of this very low-light scene

In most low light conditions a burst of flash is a sensible solution, but it’s often not allowed at music venues and many performers don’t appreciate a burst of flash going off in their face.

If you’re not sure, ask or don’t use it to avoid being ejected.

As well as spoiling an elaborate lighting set-up for the audience using flash will kill much of the atmosphere, so you get uninteresting shots.

On the whole, it’s best avoided, just push up the camera’s sensitivity instead or wait for the stage lights to hit your subject.

Common Music Photography Mistakes: 1. Shutter speed too slow
Common Music Photography Mistakes: 2. Using flash
Common Music Photography Mistakes: 3. Focus problems
Common Music Photography Mistakes: 4. Exposing for the lights
Common Music Photography Mistakes: 5. Mic or mic stand in the way
Common Music Photography Mistakes: 6. Shadows problems
Common Music Photography Mistakes: 7. Up-the-nose shots
Common Music Photography Mistakes: 8. Subject too small in the frame
Common Music Photography Mistakes: 9. Shooting JPEGs
Common Music Photography Mistakes: 10. Spare cards not ready
Common Music Photography Mistakes: 11. Failure to edit

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