How To Shoot Great Concert Photos Using a Point-and-Shoot

I love shooting live music.  I really really love it, and I was doing it for years before deciding to make it my living.

My first ever rock concert was No Doubt at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City.  I walked into the club with one disposable camera and used it up within the first three songs (one of those photos can be seen here).  Capturing that memory forever is something I still look back on, and it sparked my initial interest in live music photography.  For most, seeing a favorite artist live is an event they want to capture themselves––it adds a personal touch to the concert going experience.  But this is a practice that has been botched way too many times by those who have no freaking clue what they are doing.  I urge you: If you’re going to take pictures at a concert, do it the right way.  Say goodbye to zooming all the way on your iPhone to get a fuzzy outline of your favorite performers.  You will now be an ace at photographing concerts on your compact camera (remember that thing?  Before your iPhone?).

I’m going to break this down into three major portions: 1) Selecting a camera for the concert, 2) Shooting the photos, and finally 3) Post-processing.  

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