Top Tips for Shooting Concert Photography

If you are a music aficionado, and enjoy attending the countless concerts around London, there is a high chance that you will want to capture great photographs of the event. Concert photography, even more so than other types of photography, can take a lot of practice and patience to master. However, once you do, the results are stunning. So, follow these top tips for shooting concert photography, leave the phone in your pocket, and rent some fantastic kit from BorrowFox. The results will speak for themselves.

Learn How to Photograph Concerts


As is the case with most types of photography, concert photography requires a fair amount of preparation to ensure the best possible photos. Before attempting to shoot a concert, you will want to know what the venue is like and how the band tends to set up their shows. The size of the venue, the way the band organizes on stage, and the lighting are all aspects that can significantly effect the quality of your photographs. Knowing the basic set up before hand will help you prepare what type of equipment you want to bring and where you want to position yourself.

The Lens

The lens is probably the most important piece of equipment to consider before you embark on shooting a concert. Because concerts tend to be in low light, you will want to use a fast lens with the aperture open as wide as possible. The faster the lens and the bigger the aperture will allow what little light there is to come through in the pictures. Otherwise, you will risk getting dark, unappealing photographs.  Luckily, BorrowFox has some great options in the lens department to choose from.

Manually Expose

We have all seen the underexposed, amateurish, and frankly unappealing photographs that people proudly post on Instagram via their smartphones. Of course, a high end camera and lens will help you achieve a more professional appealing look, but it is also important to use the right tools available on higher end kit.  Utilizing the manual exposure mode on your camera is a great way to improve the quality of your photographs in the darkness of the concert setting. Depending on the artist’s desired lighting, the levels of brightness can shift dramatically throughout the length of a concert. Quick flashes of light will confuse the camera’s automatic settings. Using the manual exposure mode can help you control how much light is coming through the lens and ultimately produce better, more consistent photographs.


ISO, simply put, is the camera’s sensitivity to light. For concerts, a higher ISO is essential. Like the aperture settings, the wrong ISO setting can produce completely dark photographs. You can play with the exact value, but it is a good rule of thumb to set your ISO to 1600. 

Be Creative

The last, but certainly not least, tip is to try to think outside of the box. All too often concert photographs focus solely on the band members. However, if you are looking for a picture that will stand apart from others, consider angles that include the throngs of excited audience members. You can even shoot closeups of audience members in order to capture the pure emotion of a specific person. When you do take pictures of the artists try to capture their energy and their own excitement. Play with different angles that you don’t normally see.


With these tips in mind, you can now be certain that you will produce some great photographs at the next concert you attend . If you are lacking any of the specific equipment that you think you might need, be sure to head to BorrowFox to pick up the latest top of the line kit. With enough practice, know-how, and creativity, you might even be able to get jobs shooting shows.

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