When it’s time to edit your photos, you can take a journalistic or artistic approach. From a journalistic standpoint, keep photos in their truest form and enhance them only subtly. From a creative standpoint, it’s okay to use Adobe Photoshop to cut out distracting objects, such as a fan’s hand or a mic cord in the frame.
“I do a lot of work in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. And I’d say for concert photography, specifically, 90% of my post-processing work is done in Lightroom,” says Tepsic. Whether you adjust contrast, apply a custom preset, or improve the brightness of an image, subtle adjustments can help you elevate your photos.
“I don’t do too much editing with my photos because it’s journalism. I want to always keep the feel of the show,” says Brad. When you decide how much editing to do, just consider your client and their needs. If a publication paid you to take photos, make sure you know what kind of images they expect to receive. If they want clear-cut journalism, you should edit with a light touch. If it’s for an editorial piece, you may have more room to play creatively.
Concert photography is an exciting way to improve your skills and build an interesting portfolio. Plus, you get to enjoy some wonderful music along the way. So whether you shoot in small, intimate clubs or inside enormous stadiums, just stay in the moment and focus on the energy of the performance.