Shooting Concerts In 2018: Some Of My Best Photos
Once again, I went to tons of shows this year, and I took even more photos than last year. I can’t count how many photos I took, but I usually shoot several hundred pics per concert and went to more than 160 shows, so you will do the math! After a gig, it takes me hours to sort all these photos, delete the bad ones, edit and store the ones I want to keep and post a few of them,… it’s a long process but it’s worth it. I actually don’t like to go to a show if I won’t be able to shoot, it has become a personal frustration. I know that there is still the iPhone option, but who cares for low-resolution and fuzzy photos when I could do much better with my Canon?
I don’t always get a photo pass, it’s usually out of my reach for the big concerts, but, in this case, I take a smaller camera that I can easily hide at the bottom of my bag, and it works if I can get close enough to the stage and if the lighting is good. It worked pretty well for David Byrne at the Shrine and LCD Soundsystem/Yeah Yeah Yeahs at the Bowl.
Shooting concerts has become a passion, even though it is often a challenge with all the different types of lightings you can encounter in clubs and venues, and it can even become a frustration when it is either too dark or too red — the photographer’s nightmare.
If I get a photo pass, there is another potential irritation, as shooting from the pit is usually limited to 3 songs (sometimes even less for big acts like Iggy Pop) and every photographer will probably remember this moment of rage when looking at this sudden bright white light, whereas the stage was not lit enough during the 3 first songs.
Some concerts can be boring to shoot, especially if the performers don’t move much, give me a bit of movement! But too much crowd’s excitement is obviously another story, and I will always remember a Bad Brains outdoor concert which grew into a mini-riot and transformed the pit into a very dangerous place to be.
These photos below represent a small part of my 2018 experience, but there were all taken during amazing concerts which gave me the opportunities to shoot some big stars of all ages! Hopefully, 2019 will bring new occasions, I am ready for it.