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: 3. Focus problems

Common Music Photography Mistakes: 3. Focus problems

Low light like this can really challenge a camera’s AF system

The low lighting conditions of the average gig causes terrible problems for the average camera’s autofocus system.

That’s why pros use top-end cameras and lenses with large maximum apertures.

However, it’s still possible to get good shots with entry-level kit.

You could build-up your portfolio, for example, by shooting daytime festivals and gigs to give your camera a helping hand.

Rather than constantly trying to focus, you can also wait for the lighting to be right so that your camera can see the target and focus the lens.

This isn’t practical with lights that flash quickly, but how about focusing manually and waiting for everything to come good?

Alternatively, consider hiring a fast lens and/pr a top end camera for a day, it doesn’t cost quite as much as you might think.

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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