How to become a concert photographer: tips and recommendations

A career as a concert photographer may be ideal for you if both music and photography are your passions. Motivation, a love of music, and photographic talent are needed to become a music photographer.

Both the band members' personalities and the musical atmosphere are captured by concert photographers. Imagine meeting with and taking pictures of your favorite rock stars: it’s incredibly satisfying.

Unfortunately, getting started in this profession is not that simple, which is why this article may be helpful. Continue reading if you want to discover more about the field of concert photography.

Get the right equipment

Even though it's an aesthetic endeavor, equipment is crucial for photography. Imagine a skilled painter using their collection of brushes to create a stunning piece. Yet, better-quality brushes will provide more effective effects. In photography, the same is true. Equipment has become very important in music photography.

Get the right equipment

Your equipment will be essential to your success if you want to shoot both backstage photographs and live music. The majority of cameras and lenses don't do well in low light conditions, which is common for concert photography.

Additionally, you'll find yourself in a circumstance when your equipment is the only thing that can save you because band members frequently move around in low light.

Invest in full-frame cameras with large sensors. Compare numerous camera models at various ISO settings to find which one generates the least amount of noise. More detail is captured by cameras with higher megapixel counts, which can be useful for post-processing noise reduction. Also very helpful are cameras with fancy functions like facial detection.

For top-notch concert photography, wide-aperture lenses are necessary. Extra light will enter through the wide aperture, and the lovely images will result from the shallow depth of field effect.

Make sure you carry a wide-angle lens, a regular lens, and a telephoto lens when you go to a concert. Standard lenses are flattering to human subjects, wide-angle lenses help you capture the entire stage, and telephoto lenses help you get a good shot of the drummer in the rear.

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Your equipment might be a little less crucial if you merely want to concentrate on band promotional photos. But eventually, your musician clients will require a live concert photoshoot, so it's a good idea to have equipment that can be used in both situations.

Getting better through practice

You have to develop your skills if you want to be outstanding at anything in life. It can take some time and effort to compete with professional photographers, but practice makes perfect.

Learning is actually a terrific place to be since it allows you to put yourself out there and meet new people while also allowing you to develop as an artist and get experience.

Reaching out to new artists in your area is a great place to start because the neighborhood is always in need of assistance. It's a perfect match since you need practice and they need the pictures! Simply ask them if a live show or new advertising photos are required.

Getting better through practice

Another fantastic place to try things out is to frequent neighborhood bars that host jam sessions or live music events. The majority of these gatherings and locations allow free entrance and frequently have no photography restrictions.

Build up a portfolio

A portfolio is essential to your success as a visual artist. Gather your best images as you practice, then include them in your portfolio. But keep in mind that without the ability to repeatedly create these photographs, your portfolio will be useless.

Make an effort to diversify your assets. Display photos of various performers or those taken in various lighting conditions. A strong portfolio will demonstrate your flexibility, ability to deliver consistently excellent photographs, and possibly some session ideas.


The entertainment industry is based on relationships, and you cannot enter it without knowing the appropriate people. You'll (hopefully) meet a lot of musicians and business people while developing your portfolio and refining your skills.

The musicians won't appear as superstars right away because you're starting in your neighborhood, but they might be on their way there. The more of a name for yourself as a trustworthy, competent, approachable, and strong photographer you establish, the more people will learn about you. Then, once one of the locals gains popularity and becomes more well-known, you will follow them.

Don't be afraid to approach individuals and strike up a conversation. Overcome your fears, make friends, converse with everyone, and get to know people in the industry. You never know when some artists you’ve worked with might sign with a large label!


Concert photography code of conduct

Welcome to the "jungle" if you're new to the world of concert photography. Here are some tips for good behavior while shooting your first live concert.

Observe all venue rules

You don't have the right to do whatever you want just because you are working there as a professional. Before taking pictures, make sure to speak with security and identify yourself. Some venues have restrictions on where you are allowed to take pictures.

Be nice to the fans

Without music fans, there would be no music photography. Keep moving to offer everyone a nice view; avoid hogging a place in front of someone's face; and refrain from acting aggressively, pushing, or shoving.

Be nice to the fans

Flashing is prohibited at concerts

An enormous lightbulb lighting up in their face is the last thing an artist wants. Avoid using flash during live performances (many venues won't allow it, anyway). Instead, concentrate on making the most of your wide-angle lenses and low-light equipment.

Take care of your equipment

It's a good idea to constantly be as cautious as you can about your gear, from your cameras and lenses to your luggage, due to the constrained area and high risk of collisions.

Additionally, keep your equipment out of the way of oncoming vehicles. If possible, store your bulky baggage beneath the stage or barricade. Nobody wants to trip over a camera bag and break glass as they go by.

Be cordial with security

The men and women who work in security are not only wonderful people in general, but they may also turn out to be your best friends in difficult situations.

Be cordial with security

Arrive early to the venue

Get there early if you have to shoot from the crowd. You are only allowed to shoot with a photo pass. The fans in front of the stage arrive early, and you should do the same if you want a good spot in the crowd.


Photographing concerts is exhilarating, wild, and a whole lot of fun. We hope that this post will be useful to you as you navigate the market.

We hope you enjoyed reading this post, and if you'd want more career-related guidance, on our blog section, there are many more beneficial articles, advice, and recommendations to be found.

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Are you a music artist or label and do you want to give your music a further dimension? Do you own or co-own the master and publishing rights to your music? Consider to post it on CalypsoRoom listening to it together with your super fans, at the same time, connected by webcams.

Thanks for reading,
CalypsoRoom Team


Written by CalypsoRoom Editorial Team
The CalypsoRoom Editorial Team is a skilled and diverse group of writers, researchers, and industry specialists who have access to Calypso's data and information in order to give you broad knowledge about the music industry as well as helpful advice to help you manage your music and dancing career.

Updated January 2023

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