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Michelle Kennedy's picture

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I’m new to the group & am looking to improve my concert photography, so advice/constructive criticism is welcome!

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Trevor McGoldrick's picture

In an extremely over saturated world of concert photography, it's important to create moods, motion and moments that the average photographer isn't capturing. (I am a touring photographer for a few artists, so trust me I know how difficult this is to achieve). It's hard to analyze what you've posted too in depth because some of them are just screenshots of a photo from your phone, or heavily cropped so we can't see the actual photo, so I can't help with anything on a technical aspect because that's all I have to work with here. All I can say is you want to try and capture a mood, emotion, or a moment specifically when it comes to concert photography. Developing your own style, processing style and aesthetic is extremely important as well.

I strongly advise looking at the work of Anam Merchant to get the idea of what i'm trying to say. His website should come up in a google search of his name. Probably my favorite current concert photographer. Matt Vogel, Ashley Osborn and Ray Duker are some others I'd look to for inspiration. Anaylize their photos, what they're doing, why their photos work/why they capture your eye/etc, and try to apply those visions and ideas into your own photos. Definitely use interesting and dynamic/colorful lighting to your advantage (After all, photography is just latin roots meaning "writing with light"). I don't post any of my own concert photos on most platforms because concert photography is just a job for me, not an artistic outlet, but I'll attach one to go along with my point of capturing moments/motion. This is a photo that one of the bands sponsors liked a lot and broadcasted.

Michelle Kennedy's picture

Most photos I posted were done with a Nikon B700, which is allowed in venues. Some of the others are done with my D3300, when I get media passes. None are from my phone. I love the suggestion of going for emotion! I don’t care fore posed pictures! I tend to just take random shots! Thanks for the suggestions!