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Flash doesn't ruin the atmosphere

Flash doesn't ruin the atmosphere - Gary Wolstenholme explains how flash can help your music photography.

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Gary's pictureGary Wolstenholme specialises in photographing live music events. He's represented by Redferns Music Image Library who sell his pictures to publications nationally and around the world. Based in Sheffield, you will often find him in his natural habitat at the front of concerts large and small, as well as at a variety of music festivals across the UK and abroad.

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Here's his tip:

"When it's allowed, and the conditions are right for it I use flash. For most concerts photographers shooting from the pit are not allowed to use flash and will be ejected (or at least given a stern talking to) if caught using it. Smaller gigs tend to be the kind of events where flash is permitted. I often hear people say that flash should never be used as it flattens the image and ruins the atmosphere. This is because people tend to overpower the stage lighting with the flash. By carefully balancing the level of flash power with the ambient light available, great results can be produced. I also find it helps to use a flash off-camera, either with a cord, or even better without one. This affords you complete control over the direction of the light, which can lead to some very interesting effects when balanced with the stage lighting.  This shot was taken using an SB-800 flashgun placed on the floor beside Dani Filth's monitor Speaker."

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