Recently Bradley at Mirum Films has shot a lot of Band photography - here’s some insight into how he does it
I’ve photographed a range of live gigs now, all over London. Each one more exciting than the last. I enjoy the mix of street photography, having to capture in moment in a unknown situation, as well as the portraiture element of capturing people perform.
I’ve shot DIIV in Camden, The Cinematic Orchestra at the Hammersmith Apollo & most recently Zeds Dead at Heaven in London.
The first step to taking the images is getting the photography pass in the first place, which usually involves emailing the bands. Next you get to the venue, grab your pass & head to the pit.
Most venues & bands only allow photographers to shoot the first 3 songs. This is so photographers don’t get in the way of paying fans who queued for hours to be at the front.
Usually I use 3 lenses, which means one per song. This allows me to get ultra wide shots, showing the huge scale of the bands and their audience. This is usually taken with a 14mm Samyang lens with manual focus.
Next I use a Canon 17-40mm, this allows for medium shots of a few members of a band as well as some wide shots if I need to. Being flexible is the most important part of band photography. You have to move with the band. Plan ahead & know where the band are moving before they do.
My last lens is the most popular amongst band photographs. Whenever you see the huge white lenses which looks like a canon it’s most like the 70-200mm f2.8. This is how photographers get detailed shots of individuals in the band.
So there it is. The run down of band photography. You can see more shots of different bands on Bradley’s Instagram: @BradHPhotos or at www.MirumFilms.com.