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: 7. Up-the-nose shots

Common Music Photography Mistakes: 7. Up-the-nose shots

Taken at Fairport Convention’s Cropredy festival, which has a high stage with monitors along the front. Using a 300mm lens on a full-frame camera allowed this tight crop from the back of the pit for a more flattering angle.

It’s tempting to stand very close to the stage, but if you do this you’ll be shooting the band from below and this can result in a lot of unflattering up-the-nose shots.

If your subject has a habit of bending or kneeling down, then you may be in luck and get a few decent shots, but otherwise you’re probably better off moving further back to widen the angle.

Standing further back may mean that you need to switch to a longer lens, or zoom in, but you’ll get a better selection of shots for your trouble.

It can also be useful to take a small stepladder or box to stand on so you’re a bit higher up.

Watch out for flying objects if you block the audiences view though.

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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