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: 8. Subject too small in the frame

Common Music Photography Mistakes: 8. Subject too small in the frame

Get closer!

A classic problem with shooting from the audience is that the subject is too small in the frame, often they’re just a tiny spec in a shot that takes in the whole stage and its surroundings.

There are two potential solutions to this problem, either get closer or use a longer lens.

Unofficial photography is often frowned upon at commercial gigs, so it’s not a good idea to take a lot of camera equipment along unless you have access to the photographers’ pit; in fact it’s a good way to be refused entry.

Fortunately, most pubs and smaller venues, as well as many festivals take a more relaxed approach.

Provided you can get a clear view of the band members without heads obscuring your view, it’s possible to get some great shots from the audience and it avoids the ‘up-the-nose’ issue mentioned earlier.

Even if you are right at the front of the crowd, or in the photographers pit at a festival the large scale involved means that you will need a long lens to get a tight head and shoulders shot.

You may need to use a 300mm or longer optic.

A 70-200mm f/2.8 lens is often the choice of the pros in the pit, but even they will use something longer if the stage is especially high.

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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