Will You Teach Me How To Shoot At A Concert?
I have literally lost count the number of times people have asked me to teach them how to take photos at a concert. I always am amused when I read articles on how to shoot concerts, mostly because there isn't a specific technique that a photographer can use. Apart from the obvious "don't ever use your flash" rule, you basically have to figure it out as you go along.
Each concert is different. Even if you attend two concerts at the same venue, you will be shooting them differently because you've got different musicians on stage, and different lighting. There - that's the main issue you will face - lighting. Some concerts are well lit, and you have the luxury of a faster shutter speed and low ISO. And then you have the "problem" concerts - dim lighting, made worse by the use of colours like red or purple lights. And what happens if you're not close to the stage?
So many new photographers condemn the use of editing software, stating that an edited photo is not a real photo. But, let's be honest, if you're shooting at a concert, and you are left with 300 badly exposed photos, featuring a bunch of red and green musicians (thanks so much to the guy controlling the lights!), are you going to put those photos out there without editing them to make them look good?
At the end of the day, what it all comes down to is knowing how to adjust your camera quickly to changing lighting conditions, being able to keep up with fast moving musicians, and knowing what post-processing technique to use to turn an average photo into something outstanding.