Home work is the key to covering any gig or festival, if you do your research beforehand it can result in better images and a much easier time in the photo pit.

As far as your gear goes it’s much the same as any type of photography really. Always make sure you have fresh batteries including spares. Don’t forget your memory cards. Check over your cameras to make sure they are set up in the way you are used to shooting, I once went to a gig just after doing a talk to my local camera club where I had my cameras and invited the people there to take a look at the cameras I was using at the time. I forgot to check over my cameras before I went to the gig and all the settings were changed. Luckily I had time to change them all back to my own personal settings before the first band came on, but it was a lesson learnt! I also, due to the above, try to give myself a bit of time to check over a few things by getting to the venue early.

As I said at the beginning homework and research can really help in gig photography. Most of the time I am photographing bands at small venues and a lot of the time it’s the first time I have photographed the band or artist. A lot are new up and coming bands that are starting to get onto the local music scene by supporting better known bands at their gigs.

So what do I mean by homework? Well the first thing I do is see if the band or artist has a social media pages I can look at. Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are the main places I look. You can get a great idea of what music they play, what they look like and how they perform on stage as usually they post live videos on their social media pages. This all helps in the preparation for any gig and is something I always do when the band or artist is new to me. YouTube is also a great help, more so with the more established bands or artist as they may also have some professionally done music videos on their YouTube channel this also means you at least know some of the songs they are likely to play. I also like to know the bands names which are usually on their website and or Facebook page. It’s always great if you get chatting to the band to know their names without asking as it shows you’re interested in what they are doing musically. Another site which can be worth looking at is Sound cloud, many bands and artist have their own Sound cloud page and post their music on there.

When researching a band take a look at how they perform on stage, are they static, do they move about quite a lot, any songs in which they perform more than others, any strange or worthwhile moves  they make during their set to look out for. These are all things which may make your time in the pit a bit less stressful.

So home homework is the key, I’ve been in the pit with photographers who will say to me “never heard or see this band before” at least if you have done some research you can think “nor have I seen them live but I know a little about them”   Take any advantage you can.

Look out for my next little snippet hints and tricks to help with gig photography coming soon here at Fujiholics and in the meantime.

Happy Snapping

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Warren Millar is an award-winning live music, gig and festival photographer based in the North East of the UK.  Warren shares his passion for music photography through workshops and training events and is also a member of the Fujiholics admin team.

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