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Three Songs, No Flash!: Your Ultimate Guide to Concert Photography by Loe Beerens

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Chapter 8. Check, Double-check

OK! You finally made it into the photo pit, you know the rules, and you're waiting for the concert to start. If there is no curtain, study the stage carefully. Start with the lights. How and where are they positioned? What kind of lights are they—fixed hanging spotlights or rotating, computer-controlled Vari-Lites? Regular fixed spotlights are more predictable and therefore easy to use as backlight. Is there anything special on stage that will make the show remarkable? Where is the microphone of the most important (aka well-known) person in the band? Choose your best position in the photo pit based on what you see on stage, and move there. You may have seen the show before, or you may have seen some footage on YouTube, ...

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