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Shooting Stars 2

Composition on Concert Photography

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In this special 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 second installment, Wafzig focuses on the composition of the concert photo. Wafzig begins by show examples of different possibilities photographers have when photographing in the limited shooting trench right in front of the stage. He suggests first having a game plan, an actual thought out idea of what exactly it is that needs to be photographed in the short amount of time allotted for concert photographers. He also recommends becoming familiar with the band or artist before going to the concert.

The fundamental difference between concert photography and other photographic applications is that the situation at a concert cannot be controlled. Wafzig points out that while during a photo-studio shoot everything is controllable, the lighting the temperature, even directing the models or setting up articles for table t-top shootings. "During a concert, a photographer has to take what he can get", Wafzig says. "You have to work reasonably well with the action happening on stage, using the lighting provided." He adds. Wafzig stresses the fact of shooting from a multitude of perspectives, providing you have enough room or authorization to get to the hard to reach or off-limit areas. One tip he gives is using the camera, guerrilla style 'hand-held'. He has gotten many good photos this way.

All in all, Wafzig really gives a comprehensive approach to composing photos in such a small confined space, such as a concert. Thinking graphically, diagonally, or vertically are several tips Wafzig says helped him create a connection between the audience and singer from the famous group, "The Beatsteaks", just by thinking out of the box Wafzig gives photographers many interesting tricks and techniques to achieve the best possible concert photograph, guaranteed to satisfy customers in tenfold measure