Why is shooting live music so difficult


If you have been to a live music event before to either film it or photograph it, you will already know how hard it can be to get those great pictures you have only ever dreamed of. There are many things to consider when you are shooting live music and it certainly isn’t the easiest job to do. If you are looking for reasons why shooting music at live music events is so hard then have a look below at some of the many problems that can occur:

  • Too much movement – The stage is often filled with equipment and band members that get in the way with each other, unless you are lucky. This means that when you are wanting to get a shot of one member jumping up and down singing on the microphone, another one comes in and joins them so you have to wait a little longer, or at least come up with something different. Sometimes your better off getting down low in front of the stage on a soft blanket or rolled up yoga mat and have your shots kept steady by your body weight, this allows you to get really interesting low shots into the lights.
  • The lighting always changes – When you are in a room with thousands of other people there will often be plenty of other cameras about that are flashing through the event. Not only is that the only light to worry about, but you also have the event lighting to worry about, things like the disco lights and smoke. There are an endless possibility of certain lights flickering when you are about to take your dream shot that can always ruin it.
  • Getting bumped into – There is usually a section for professional photographers to take advantage of so the public do not necessarily get in the way. But when you don’t have that advantage, you are always getting bumped in the back by other members of the public. Just as you are about to take your dream shot you are bumped in the back and you end up taking a shot of the floor.
  • Your camera settings – Another problem could be that your camera doesn’t have the sufficient settings to take shots in a live event. There are things to consider such as white balance, and autofocus, not forgetting to mention all of the other settings that come into play.
  • Forgetting equipment – This isn’t usually much of a problem for beginners, but for someone more advanced it is complete hell. When you arrive at the event and you realise you’ve forgotten a couple of important lenses or other equipment is the worst feeling, especially when you thought you were prepared for the event in question. The best thing you can do is make a list and prepare for the event a couple of nights before so you can run through the checklist a couple of times beforehand.
  • Losing your beloved equipment – This is very easy done when in a concert with thousands of other people. When losing a lens it’s not as bad but if you lose a memory card or something else of importance it’s the worst feeling. It’s easy to panic during concert when you think you can take the best shot ever so you quickly forget about everything else in your equipment bag. Just be prepared and always keep an eye on things.

These are just a few of the many problems that can occur when shooting live. It’s impossible to say what will happen during an event so it’s always best to be as prepared as possible. The worst thing you can possibly do is lose your memory card near the end of the night when you have taken hundreds of pictures, some of them you knew were special. The main priority when shooting a live event is to remain calm at all times and don’t pressurise yourself into taking shots for the sake of it.