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My First Gig Shot

By Jaff
Well I had my first go at a bit of music gig photography on Wednesday at the Mad Ferret music festival in Platt Fields Park, Manchester. A friend of mine manages this band so I was only there to photograph them so this and some other images I'll put on will be of them also. They play ragtime 20's-30's style music and dress up for the part too so they were more interesting than a lot of the other acts and I'll just say this, no-one had really got up and danced yet (I'd been walking around and frequently came back to this tent) but when they started their set everyone in the tent was dancing.

Anyway, I want some honest critique here to know how I can improve for the future so don't go easy on me!

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Carabosse 15 41.1k 270 England
7 Jun 2008 4:42PM
I think you've done pretty well here, although it is a pity that the microphone blocks the face of one of the player: a slight change in your shooting position could have avoided this..

Also the eye in mainly drawn to the bright orange strip towards the top of the photo. This is one of those circumstances where you could consider cloning it out: it adds nothing to the picture and is merely a distraction.

I've uploaded a mod for you to consider.

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Jaff 10 7 1
8 Jun 2008 3:54PM
Thanks for the advice. You're spot on about the cloning, it does look better. Unfortunately my shooting positions were very limited as it was a small tent and everyone was up and dancing. Couldn't get on the stage either so this is one of about 3 positions where I was unimpeded (next to the speakers on either side mainly). The next one is coming soon.


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