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: 4. Exposing for the lights

Common Music Photography Mistakes: 4. Exposing for the lights

Left to it’s own devices a camera would’ve made much of this scene grey

You may notice that your camera’s exposure meter suggests settings that change wildly when you shoot a gig lit by stage lights.

This is because the brightness in the frame changes dramatically depending upon which lights are in operation and what they are illuminating.

One minute the whole scene maybe brightly lit, and the next the lead singer is spot-lit against a dark background.

Your camera may respond to the first situation by suggesting a fast shutter speed and the second by demanding a long exposure.

However, the brightness of the light when it hits your subject is usually constant – although it may move and turn on and off.

This means that if you set your camera to manual exposure mode and select an exposure that produces an image with your subject correctly exposed when they’re illuminated, you won’t go far wrong using those settings throughout.

Once you’ve set the exposure all you need to do is wait for the lights to do the right thing, or your subject to do something interesting.

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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