Music Photography or Concert Photography is the photography of activities relating to concerts and music. It encompasses photographs of a band or musician as well as coverage of a concert. It is a minor commercial endeavor that supports in part of the efforts for many independent photographers.
Like the technology of photography itself, the practice of photography has evolved and grown since the invention of the photographic art form in 1826 by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce.Concert photography began becoming popular with the advent of Rock & Roll, particularly during the height of popularity by such bands as The Beatles or the Rolling Stones. During the 1950s and 1960s, the desire for memorabilia was increased with every new musician or music group.
Tips for Music Photography
1. The camera or the equipment you’re using is important, but what’s more important is YOU. You need to be fully present in the situation so as to click awesome pictures.
2. You need to boost your ISO even if you know that the picture will be noisy. A noisy picture can be later fixed in post-processing but just to avoid some noise, you can’t risk losing a perfectly good shot.
3. Correct exposure is really important. You don’t have to always shoot when the lights are on the run. When there is a spotlight on the singer that is when you click because that gives you a better shot than anyone else.
4. The composition is important. You can’t just click pictures in the air, you have to make sure that your pictures are telling a story.
Famous Music Photographers
- Drew Ressler (RUKES)– Drew Ressler or better known as Rukes is an amazing photogrpaher. He has been constantly rated No. 1 Music Photographer. He is proud of the fact. Infact his website, rukes.com has his introduction as #1 DJ Photographer. He has worked with the big wigs of our time, be it Martin Garix, Afrojack, Alesso, Hardwell and more.
2. Caesar Sebastian–Caesar Sebastian may keep it elusive online, but maybe it's because his work really does speak for itself. He has a signature warm, grainy, and sharp style that makes his work literally stand out from any other music photographer. He made a name for himself shooting LA's weekly electronic music party, "Control" at the Avalon, in addition to the HARD, Nocturnal, and Electric Daisy Carnival festivals. He's an official photographer for the bi-monthly Check Yo Ponytail 2 concert series, where he's caught every stage dive, stripper, and chicken to hit the stage at the Echoplex. Whether he's shooting Das Racist, Grimes, Diplo, or Boys Noize, Caesar embodies the essence of music photography and makes you wish you were at every show he documents.
Credits: Caesar Sebastian
3. Todd Owyoung – Todd Owyoung's bio reads, "I love the rock show," and it's pretty obvious from the quality of his work that he really does. He claims to photograph 4-6 bands per week, which is impressive given the amount of energy and consistency it takes to be a music photographer. His photos regularly appear in Rolling Stone, the New York Times, SPIN, Billboard, and Entertainment Weekly, giving him a platform to share the vivid, exciting shots he captures on stage.
Credits: Todd Owyoung
4. Mike Lerner – Mike Lerner is Justin Bieber's official concert photographer, which means that it's his job to document one of the biggest popstars of our time. Thankfully, he does it well, and you wouldn't even realize that he's only been shooting professionally for two years. He networked his way into shooting The Bravery and Katy Perry live, eventually getting his name out there enough to attract attention from Bieber's people. His live shots of Justin set the standard for what live music photography ought to be.
Credits: Mike Lerner
5. Kirillwashere – When you think of Kirill Bichutsky, the founder of Kirillwashere, you probably think of his countless, quality nightlife photographs or Champagne Facials, his side project that went viral. Frankly, who doesn't want to look at photos of hot girls dressed to impress (or get sprayed with champagne to suggest getting sprayed with...something else)? There's more to Kirill than meets the eye, as he's been hired as an official tour photographer for LMFAO, A-Trak, Chromeo, and Steve Aoki, shooting other artists like Rita Ora, Swizz Beatz, and Kanye West along the way. His style is intimate yet in-your-face, making him one one of the best music photographers in the game, no questions asked.
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