We have previously mentioned that you should consider taking a compact camera with you when going to a music festival rather than carry your expensive and heavy DSLR. However, the problem with compact cameras is that they mostly don’t have image stabilization, and you can’t change lenses on them either to add a stabilized one.
So what do you do when you need to take handheld shots but the light isn’t great? You use a monopod.
Lightweight, Cheap, and Portable
Now one could argue that taking along a tripod could be much more useful than a monopod, and one would be correct. However, we are focusing here on something that is portable and doesn’t slow you down. Can you imagine yourself dancing to music and then pausing to deploy your three-legged friend in a crowd of thousands? We certainly can’t.
A monopod is lightweight, it’s not too expensive, and it’s easy to carry. You can just fit it in your backpack and not even notice it most of the time. It’s simple to use, and you don’t need a lot of space to prop it up on the ground for some added stability when taking photos. This stability is of great use when you are planning on taking on HDR photos (click here to learn more) or when you want to use slightly longer exposures. Even when taking normal shots, you’ll see the added benefit of the stability a monopod offers while out and about.
So before you take off for your next music festival, invest a little in a monopod of your choice if you’re planning on taking good photos. You won’t regret it.
One of the most important elements of any musical concert is the actual venue where the event is being held. It’s not just about the music and the dancing. The stage, the stands, the setup, and the camps all collectively give meaning to a concert.
Therefore, it becomes important to capture the essence of the space before the concert starts. So take images of the venue before the people start piling in, before the stage is taken by the performers. Follow these tips to take great photos of the concert venue:
• Use a wide angle lens to take in the whole stage in one photo. If you don’t have a wide angle lens then you can always make a panorama, but it won’t look as nice as a wide angle photo of the entire thing.
• Take HDR photos to make sure that the bright sky doesn’t ruin your shot by getting blown out. This will let you take a photo that is evenly exposed from the shadows to the highlights. To learn more about HDR photography, follow this link.
• Go monochrome to capture the true essence of the space in a creative way. Sometimes you need to take the color away from a photo to really emphasize on its presence. You can also use color splash effects to draw the viewers’ focus to one part of the image.
• Try long exposures to get creative effects from the sky if it’s a windy and cloudy day. This will allow you to have the clouds blurred due to their motion over a short time, creating a very dynamic sky atop a static stage.
Try these tips when taking photos of a concert venue, and feel free to experiment with other styles and techniques as well. You’ll see how different a venue can look before the actual event starts.
While it’s important to leave your gadgets home when you go to a music festival, it’s also important for many people to savor those memories in the form of photos.
Here are some of the ways in which you can be sure of capturing all those great memories while not having to sacrifice enjoying the actual music.
HDR is a Quick Fix
When the time comes to shoot photos of the venue, go HDR to save time adjusting exposure and getting the perfect amount of light in your photos. Just set your camera to take three brackets of the same shot at different exposures, and merge them all later in an HDR processor. Visit www.aurorahdr.com to learn more.
Lugging around a heavy DSLR is not going to be an ideal way to take photos at a music festival. You’ll always be worried about something happening to your gear and won’t be able to enjoy anything. Instead, take along a capable compact camera that you can walk around with.
Notice the Little Things
Another advantage of having a small camera is that you’ll have it with you at all time. So start noticing the little things that make music festivals so great. Take pictures of the food stalls and the face painting camps. Take portraits of people who look interesting to you, and take photos of what’s happening other than the music too. These are the things that matter when you look back at your experiences.