Concert Photography

As I have stated in my last post, I love photographing concerts. Musicians just have so much energy and passion for what they do and it comes off on stage. Their energy and passion feeds my passion for photography, and my fingers just itch for my camera to capture them.

Earlier this month I attended one of Green Day’s concerts along their tour at Temple University’s campus in Philadelphia, PA. Now, as many of you know, most venues do not allow cameras at the event, so I did not want to bring my beloved DSLR to the concert only to be told that I have to leave it in my car, in one of the worst areas of Philly. Also, I did not want to be separated from my two friends, as we had pit seats. In short, I was only equipped with my tiny, so-so, iPhone 5 built in camera.

So we get to our “seats” and people are taking photos of the cover band, Best Coast, and none of the event staff is stopping anyone. So now, in my head, I am mentally kicking myself in the butt for not bringing my nice camera. Well I do thank myself for charging my phone during that trip so that I have at least an hour and half of shooting time. Ended up taking a ton of photos throughout the night. Unfortunately many turned out way to pixel-y, seeing that it is a rock concert, which means that it’s a dark venue. However there were a few gems in the bunch, like the one below.

It had been a long time since I have done concert photography–it’s probably been a year. Having this opportunity, standing only a few rows away from one of my favorite bands, being able to take photos of them… I just fell back in love with it. I believe this is what I want to do for the rest of my career–but doing it exclusively is probably out of the question. Oh well, we shall see how it goes. I just can’t wait for my next opportunity to photography any concert!

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