All About That Bass

Music Festivals offer photographers an increased level of access to shoot musicians. However, it is often in less than ideal locations, with cluttered stages and backgrounds. One solution to this is to use a long lens, focus on closeups of one or two musicians at a time, and to use a shallow depth of focus; all of which will assist in reducing the impact of the clutter. Another option is to shoot up, from just in front to the stage, to avoid much of the stage gear.

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This bass player, at the American Folk Festival, was grooving to his own beat. Isolating him from the band focused on that beat, and shooting from below offered a unique angle as well as clutter reduction. The Prada sunglasses were a fringe benefit.

C. David Tobie

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One response to “All About That Bass

  1. Absolutely correct. I do most of my photography at live music events and onstage furniture is a nightmare. The biggest obstacle of all is of course the singers microphone – an obstacle all too often ignored by gig photographers. You need to look out for shots away from the mic

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