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Shooting Stars 1

Technique & Equipment for Concert Photography

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In this special three-part series, 15-year veteran photographer from Cologne, Germany, Peter Wafzig takes FotoTV viewers up-close behind the world of concert photography, along the way sharing valuable information, tips and techniques as well as sharing exciting images from his archives.

In this first installment, Wafzig focuses on the technics behind concert photography. He begins by giving viewers a run down of what equipment, supplies that and helpful devices and gadgets are critical for any good concert photographer to have as part of his kit. Concert lighting also plays a major role in concert photography and today; many photographers are using digital SLR lenses. Wafzig gives information photographers need in order to achieve the best possible result. He covers everything from exposure metering, which can be somewhat tricky to master with the starkly lit foregrounds and almost non-existent backgrounds. Wafzig compensates for this potential dilemma, by switching from various metering modes such as matrix or spot metering depending on the situation and where the emphasis should fall on the subject. It also pays a great role whether or not he is shooting portraits or full-length shots of an entire band.

One important piece of advice Wafzig gives is to know how fast you need to compensate in all metering modes, in manual mode. He goes on to sanction shooting entirely in manual metering mode, but he does point out the necessity to be fully aware of how the histogram works and also to develop a keen eye when contemplating compensating your exposures.


Bad sound

I'm really frustrated with all the "pops" from the english voice over. If you charge money for prime content, you should really master skills as basic, as not have overly loud "PHHH" sounds every 10 seconds during the voiceover. This was my first impression with fototv and I stopped watching the movie after 2 minutes. What's your response to this?


Hey klp29, I listened to it and I heard it on a few occasions. I'll talk top the person responsible, it shouldn't be like this, but is it really that bad? We'll do better in the future, ok? BEst, MArc

I think it depends on what

I think it depends on what speakers you're using. If you hear it on a laptop or small/cheap speakers, they often don't reproduce lower frequencies / bass very well and then you perhaps won't hear it as much as I do on my speakers. I produce tv and I can tell you for sure, that if I sent a sound-track for a tv-production to my boss like this, he wouldn't even last 2 minutes before he would scrap it and tell me to do a better version. I really is very simple to avoid with a "pop-filter", mountet on or in front of the mic and as I say, when you charge money for the content, qualitywise it really should stay above the millions of free videos on the same subject on youtube. This one doesn't.

Linking Back

It would be great if the successive videos have a link back to the first video so if you come in late and see "Shooting Stars 3" there's an easy link to get back to "Shooting Stars 1". I had to use the search feature to find the parent article

It's there

Hi ilan, have a look at the top right hand of this page. YOu can find the links you are searching for in 'similar films'. Best regards MArc

Nice workshop with usefull tips

Thank you, Peter Wafzik, for this nice workshop which contains a lot of usefull tips. And now I'll have a look on the second part. Greetings Constanze

Nice introduction

This is a nice introduction to concert photography.