This week I photographed A-Ha for the second time in as many months, not something, I normally do. The reasons were twofold; this was the first gig of their “farewell” tour and also at the last gig I did not manage to get a group shot (all the members together).
There are so many blogs written regarding live music or gig photography. Usually these discuss the technical; cameras, settings and lenses. Nobody discusses what to shot. My list is as follows;
- Audience and atmosphere; before or during the gig.
- Entrance; this may be the only time the artist will wave or smile at the audience, the problem is the lights are not usually fully up.
- Head and shoulders portrait; with singers without the mic covering half of their face. If a band, all members!
- Full length portraits; especially if the artist is known for their fashion sense.
- Group; if at all possible, particularly with more established artists where all the members of a group will be known.
So many young photographers want to photograph music, but if you want to be a professional, the key is not to lose your head or get carried away, go through the list of shots and only once you are sure you have all of them, go for the arty. (This is the difference between professionals and amateurs as I have said so many times, knowing what is needed and making sure it is delivered).
So on Monday I got the group shot. Mission accomplished.