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Some Tips On Band Photography Part 2 Of 2


Some Tips On Band Photography Part 2 Of 2

  • Using props for the shoot

Being creative in a shoot is very important and most of all its a great way to be in unique. Use the correct props depending on the theme.

You can use props like instruments, clothing or any artefact that fits the scene.

If you are struggling with getting the props, ask the band members. They might have some great ideas and props.

  • Do a pre-visit at the actual site and take test shots.

Nothing worse then going to a location on the actual day of the shoot and realise that something is missing. This is why it important to visit the play beforehand to check the lighting and the background etc.

Also, its important to take some test shots while you are there. Check the ISO, Aperture etc within the settings of the camera and see what suits the best. This will save you a lot of headache on the actual day of the shoot.

  • Check list

Always good to be prepared before hand, as on the day you can easily forget things under pressure. This is why you need a check list on the day. This will help you as a photographer and the band to work effectively.

Create a checklist and print it out. Take it with you for the photo session. You can follow your list and tick off the bullet points when you have done them.

This will help your workflow and make you look even more professional. Sometimes musicians and creative talents need some nudge to keep going. A list will keep you on track, and your photo session will be more efficient.

  • Have a Brief About the Photo Sessions With the Musicians

Tell the band the details of the photo session. Explain every idea you have in mind. Make sure they know what is going to happen.

This will help you to have more time for taking the pictures at the location. If the artists want to wear different outfits, it is useful to discuss when they are going to change.

If there is more than one location, tell the group how long you plan to stay at each place. The more details you share, the smoother the photo session will be.

  • Ask the Band About Post-Processing

Before you start taking the photos, make sure to discuss how your clients feel about post-processing. Maybe they want some special effects in the pictures.

Some artists only allow being photographed if certain blemishes are corrected in the images. Or the opposite, they want the pictures to look as natural as possible.

If you have a specific post-processing style, show it to your clients. Agreeing on the photo editing will make sure that you deliver the aspired outcome.

  • Direct the Band’s Poses

Musicians are used to performing in front of the audience. But they might have no idea how to act during a photoshoot.

Some people are natural in front of the camera. While others lose their charm as you push the shutter button.

As a photographer, it is your task to direct the musician’s poses. Even if the group has very specific ideas about the settings, you are the one on the other side of the viewfinder. Some poses feel awkward but look cool in the photos.

If someone feels uncomfortable in front of the camera, try to ease their mood. Make them do funny poses and facial expression. Keep taking photos while they have fun and get a bit loose. Then transition into the more formal poses.

  • Take Spontaneous Photos

Be ready to take photos any time during the shoot. Sometimes the best moments happen when you least expect them. Those can turn into iconic photographs.

Take photos that are spontaneous and not staged or directed. Try to capture the musician’s personalities. Ask them to goof around a bit or pretend they are having a concert in a full arena.


Band photography requires a lot of professionalism and flexibility. The musicians have their specific style and ideas. You need to adapt to what they like and combine them with your expertise.

But it is also an entertaining photo session. You get to hang out with cool people and might feel like part of the group. Lots of fans would love to take your position and be close to their beloved artists.

Use the photography tips above to get more comfortable with taking shots of bands. And remember to have fun while getting the work done!

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