Tips to Help You Improved Your Concert Shots

concert photography tips
Photo by Gonzalo Poblete,

Do you like going to concerts and taking concert photos? That’s great but there’s one problem – most of the time concert shots don’t turn out too well because of poor lighting and other factors. With that said, there are several things you could do to take better concert photos. Read on to find out all about it.

Get the Right Lens

If you have a dSLR, choosing an appropriate lens will be of huge help. You have to make sure your lens can deal with low light conditions and provide good results. Ideally, you’d want to shoot with the lowest f-stop, so that means you’ll need a lens like 50mm f/1.8. Or, if you can afford one, a¬†70-200mm f/2.8. Such lenses work great in low light conditions and the second (more expensive) option¬†gives you lots of zoom too.

Shoot in Aperture Priority Mode

The next step is to switch your camera to Aperture Priority mode and shoot at the lowest f-stop possible. You may get a shallow depth of field that will make your images appear a bit blurry. Most of the time that can be fixed by increasing the f-stop just a bit to get a good overall result.

Bump Up the ISO

In the days of film photography, we all used to look for 300s or 400s to have nice and bright indoor and evening photos. Now all you need to do is adjust the ISO on your camera to work in low light conditions. Don’t overdo it and set the ISO to something like 10,000 because that would make your photos look grainy. Generally speaking, the ISO over 3200 should do the trick and let you shoot with the desired aperture and shutter speed.


If your camera supports RAW, then don’t shoot in JPEG. RAW images are very easy to correct using Lightroom or similar software. Remember that concert photography is tricky and may need a lot of touching up before the photos look good. Shooting in RAW gives you all the flexibility you need.

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