I love taking pictures of different kinds of events but what I love the most is concerts/gigs. It’s not that I only take pictures of the musicians but to enjoy their music as well. But what I hate, sometimes, is that other photographers don’t respect the musicians’ “personal/gig space” and other fellow photographers as well.
I’ve been to numerous gigs already, may it be a large event or just a small one, and there was this one fella whom I notice that really strucked my attention. He has this really cool point and shoot or rather a rangefinder camera and shoots at almost 5-10 inch away from the musician. Like I was “Whoa! Easy man! Are you going to macro shot his/her nose?”. You don’t need to be that close to them. But good thing, he doesn’t use a flash. Instead, he use a flash light (which I prefer too rather than flashguns) but there is something wrong on how he use it too. He lights their face directly with that distance.
Here’s the funny part. He grabs a chair, gets close to the musician he wants to shoot, stand on it… and bang! He gets the shot. Aren’t you concerned about the people behind you, who’s watching and you are just there blocking their view by standing on a chair in the middle? But why? I understand every photographers desire to get that precious moment but they must be assured that they aren’t a distraction to others too. As much as possible, I shoot discreetly. I move from place to place and not just stand in the middle from start till end of the show. I give way to people and I also make sure I capture every angle.
There was this time that he almost got hit by the guitar when the musician made a flip. It was like an inch away from his face. And knowing the pressure pushed on that flip, if that hit his face, imagine what would be the next scenario. So please, respect and safety first.
I’m sorry for ranting this out but I just have to. People now a days can afford a camera, may it be their smartphone’s camera or a digital camera. I hope that photography seminars not only teach technicalities but moralities as well.
So next time you shoot, make sure you are not a distraction. Btw, this does not apply to concert/gig photography but to other fields too such as groups shoots.