Concert photography is difficult to do well. Since photography is all about light, and typically in concerts the light is low, you can see how this becomes a problem.
I was invited to collaborate at a concert last week. The artist was Portuguese musician Manuel Rebelo, who has a CD out and is working on new exciting projects.
I was allowed to photograph the whole concert, as opposed to the typical first three songs. I had a seat reserved in the first row, and was free to move in the room. Of course, this freedom is relative, because you don’t want to annoy the audience who paid their ticket to enjoy the concert in peace and quiet. I tried to carefully select my position. Also, the moments when I pressed the shutter where timed to when the volume of the music was higher. But I still got a couple uncomfortable looks. It’s part of the job, though.
The concert had some very special guests: Actor Ricardo Carriço, and musicians João Gil and Luis Represas.
Considering the poor light, I was comfortable with the results. The light varies a lot during the show, and you have to keep adjusting, and also using dangerously low shutter speeds. Since the alternative is not having photos, you run with it.
I wrote a post about how to photograph in low light, so check it out for some useful tips.