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David Busch’s Mastering Digital SLR Photography by David D. Busch

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14Photographing Concerts and Performances

We can’t all be Bob Gruen or Annie Leibovitz and capture the pulse of rock music in our photographs. We can’t even aspire to equal lesser-known, but equally respected photographers of other types of performances, such as dance photographers Lois Greenfield or David Cooper. But we can all enjoy photographing concerts, festivals, plays, ballets, and many other types of presentations at local venues. I’ve been shooting these events for most of my photographic life, and continue to enjoy perfecting my skills three or more times each month.

In one sense, concert and performance photography is a type of photojournalism. The goal is to capture a moment or series of moments and tell a story, just as we do when ...

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