Photographer Scott Gelston takes you to the front row at the annual Falls Music and Arts Festival in Marion Bay.
There's something to be said for pressure: The buzz you get as a photographer as you wait in the photo pit as an artist comes on stage is an electrifying experience.
Knowing you have three songs to get 'the shot' while competing with a light show that's constantly changing, musicians running wildly across the stage, the odd crowd-surfer coming over the barrier behind you and burly security guards standing where you'd like to be, is somewhat of a challenge.
The photographic rewards are worth the effort. There's nothing better than reviewing a shoot and finding nuggets of gold among the hundreds of photographs taken at an event.
Shooting musicians was my introduction to press photography fifteen years ago.
Having shot artists as diverse as U2, Public Enemy, the Foo Fighters right down to local Rock Challenges, has given me some insight into what will make for a good live music image, and what to expect from a show.
Scott's tips for concert photography:
- Use a lens with a large aperture, a 50mm F1.8 is a good place to start
- Don't be afraid to use a high ISO - 1600 is a good starting point
- Anticipate action - artists will move along with a song so a Chorus for example is a good time to get a good singing shot, while the ending might result in some classic moves.
- Take a lot of photos! It's a hard subject to master and memory cards are cheap
- Have fun!