Concert Photography: A Study of White Balance

I really love going to concerts. Besides the fact that I’m a musician and I’m completely obsessed with music, I love the raw energy I feel from a rock concert. Anything can happen, and usually, it does. However, sometimes the elements that attract me most to concerts, are the things that are hardest for me to capture in photography. For example, many bands use dramatic lighting, where the entire stage is saturated with red or blue lighting. I tend to get blown out colors in my photos, like someone dropped blue or red ink all over the image. The saturation is out of control. Post processing has usually mitigated the damage, but I haven’t always been able to get the clarity that I look for in my photography. Up until recently, I’ve always set my WHITE BALANCE to auto because I never knew what kind of lighting I was going to get. For the most part my images came out well, or, I was able to correct the color balance in post. However, at the Red & Adelita’s Way concert at the Marquee theater this summer, I noticed my photos were not coming out the way I wanted. I ran […]

Concert Photography

Last week I had my first assignment for Cryptic Rock Magazine. While I have photographed many concerts, this was actually my first time taking pictures at the Marquee Theater. Even though I ran into some challenges with low lighting and color saturation, I really enjoyed taking photos at this venue. The biggest reason was that there was an area gated off just for the photographers and security. I have an expensive camera, and my biggest fear when I photograph rock concerts is that my equipment will get trashed or damaged from the mosh pit. When I’m photographing I have a tendency to be so focused on what is in my view finder that I’ll be completely oblivious to my surroundings. For each band, I had three songs to get all my photos, which proved to be enough time. In addition to taking photos my job also included writing a review for Red’s “Beauty and Rage” tour. You can check out my article and photos by clicking the link below. The above photos are of a local band called While She Waits. http://crypticrock.com/red-take-breath-away-marquee-theatre-tempe-az-6-4-5-w-adelitas-way-bad-seed-rising-mcclinton/