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PIC TRICK - The perfect live music photo | A tip from Bart Notermans
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Unlike a concert, festivals require a slightly different approach since you are photographing live music. I want to you give you an example where I shot Muse playing live at Pinkpop. The first difficulty is that it is very crowded, more than in a venue and also very often you are only able to take photos during the first three songs or even less. The pressure to catch a good moment is therefore quite high.
It was my first time I could photograph Muse. Matthew Bellamy is really bouncy on stage. He flies from left to right and back and forth. Therefor I programmed my EM1 on burst mode with continuous autofocus. To be sure to get sharp pictures, I selected a fixed value for shutter speed. Then I let the camera automatically choose the ISO and aperture values. This way, I was sure that I won’t have blurred pictures.
What’s important to keep in mind in addition to the technique is that you often see festival pictures that every photographer takes, so pictures will look very similar. The challenge here is to stand out and to be able to shoot special moments. Therefore you need to anticipate what the band will do on stage. It helps to go on youtube the day before and watch a previous show the band had during that tour. This way you know what you can expect during the show and be prepared to shot an extraordinary moment.
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