Festivals are the summer playground for photographers. Our photo studio Lakeprod has just closed the 28th edition of the Caribana Festival in Nyon.
Transcribing your concert or musical event in pictures is the best publicity you can give it. The colours, movements, emotions and crowds that mix together create a unique atmosphere, which the photo captures perfectly.
Easier to broadcast than aftermovie videos, your feedback on the event in photos is the right communication tool to highlight your festival or any other musical event. Today we present a selection of Lakeprod photos from the 28th edition of the Caribana Festival. Discover in pictures our feedback on the event and our main techniques.
In festivals, the movement is everywhere. You have two possibilities: to freeze it or to highlight it. Whatever your ambition: be prepared. You won’t have time to do it twice. Pre-adjust your camera, remove your cover and stay alert.
Have composition ideas in mind, without necessarily looking for them stubbornly. So many unexpected things happen at concerts that it is counterproductive to have too many ideas in your head. An important technical point: if you want to freeze the movement and have a sharp subject, reduce the pause time by increasing the shutter speed. If, on the other hand, you want to blur the subject and emphasize the movement, do the opposite. You can lower your shutter speed and you will capture motion blurred with pretty light trails. The energy that comes out of the concert will be reflected in the picture.
Light is the most delicate part of the concert photo: daylight intermingles with darker light on stage, aggressive and colourful light spots and thick smoke blurs the whole thing. Nevertheless, a huge part of the concert atmosphere is captured by the lights. It is then necessary to adapt and enhance them.
Increasing the sensitivity of your camera, taking your photos in RAW so you can change the white balance in post-processing are our two main tips. Don’t forget not to pronounce the red lights too much on your pictures, it makes them difficult to read. And finally, play with the smoke. It gives an unreal side to your creations by modifying the movement and opacity of the coloured lights, absolutely fabulous.
The artist offers a special emotion and all his energy to the audience during a concert. To photograph him in these moments is to retranscribe his dynamic and make it available everywhere. You can capture as much emotion in the artist as in the spectator. But the latter is more difficult to observe in the crowd (see next paragraph).
Focus on a face and its movements, play with lights and shadows to give depth to the features and you will capture an emotion, and you can even amplify it.
The emotion during a concert is also found in the faces of festival-goers. Portrait photography is a discipline in its own right in photography and it is not easy to obtain a successful portrait, especially when the subject is surrounded. The faces you can photograph at the festival have sincere emotions, taken on the spot, which contributes to the charm of your photo.
Manage the zoom to isolate the subject in its element while leaving a field free enough to re- contextualize the scene. You can open his field of vision and blur the rest. If the subject is in the middle of the crowd, it is up to you to isolate him completely by distinguishing him with his colors or confuse him to create a unit. Our Lakeprod photo and video studio produces your photos worn outdoors or indoors, in action or posed.
The crowd is interesting to photograph in its entirety. Indeed, consider it as a mass with a uniform movement that reflects the colours and lights of the scene. So the main challenge is to photograph the crowd as a whole. A photo with a large number of people interested and without disparity (no borders, walls…) will highlight the crowd. Watch the movements of the entire crowd. If they do the same thing, it will create a uniform mass and your photo will be original and vibrant.
The most important thing is to have fun taking pictures during a festival or musical event. Test new techniques and let your imagination run wild.
Do not hesitate to contact us if you are planning an event, we would be delighted to discuss your project with you.