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Tips for Shooting Live Music

Josh Larkin (tonupbandit)

Keywords: stage, clubs, concerts, nightlife, night_photography, photography, photographic, disciplines, guides, tips, tricks

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Amanda Palmer atop the bar at Higher Ground in Burlington, Vermont. 1/60th f/1.8 ISO 1000

When I first started with a DSLR, one of the first things I noticed was that it was possible to get much better live music shots. Up to that point, I remember seeing shows in small clubs, trying to capture the feel of the show with my little point-and-shoot, and coming away very disappointed with the results. Then I acquired a Nikon D70s, my entry into DSLRs and the Nikon family.


Don't get me wrong. Those D70s shots are nothing to be proud of. I look back now in horror at how bad they are - and very little of that is due to the camera! That being said, fast forward to 2012, and I've learned a fair amount more about some of things you can do to get better live music shots. Oh, and in case you weren't aware, Nikon's more recent DSLR offerings make getting the shot much easier, but you still need to know some of the basics.

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Originally written on December 3, 2012

Last updated on August 25, 2016

Josh Larkin Josh Larkin (tonupbandit)

Awarded for his articles published at the Resources and The Nikonian eZine

East Calais, USA
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