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Photographer David Szymanski shares some of the special considerations that should be made when shooting a concert.

FOR THE LAST SIX YEARS, I’ve been working as a freelance photographer specializing in music photography. During that time, I’ve found the following tips help prepare me for shooting at music events and concerts.

About The Author

David Szymanski

David is a Milwaukee-based photographer. When he is not dodging fake blood photographing at a Gwar concert, he is trying to find a way to travel abroad or discover the next best restaurant. Visit his website at www.davidszymanski.com & say hello at davidjszymanski@gmail.com.

  • Jason Plotkin

    I just recently acquired a Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 lens for my 5DmII. I also own a Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens. Do you think the 100-400mm is too slow? Or does it just depend on how much light I can capture on my subject? Obviously if I can get close enough I use the 24-70mm. Thanks David!

    • David Szymanski

      Hi Jason. It all comes down to the lighting situation and how close you are to the subject. The 100-400mm may work great if the stage is well lit and if you crank up the ISO. Personally, I would use the 24-70mm because of the f/2.8 and the fact that I am closer where a 100-400mm is not needed.

    • Jason Plotkin

      Thanks David! That’s pretty much what I figured. Do you ever have issues with a shallow depth of field when using f/2.8?

    • David Szymanski

      At f/2.8 or wider, just remember to be more conscious of what your focusing on!

    • David Szymanski

      You are very welcome! At f/2.8 and faster, make sure that you pay attention to what the lens is focusing on. In music environments its very crucial and people/things are always moving.

    • David Szymanski

      You are very welcome! At f/2.8 and faster, make sure that you pay close attention to what the lens is focusing on. In music environments its very crucial, as people/things are always moving.

  • Jeff Lierman

    Great photos and tips.

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