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Re: “Don't be that guy: Be discreet with your phone at concerts

If I take photos and videos with my phone, I keep it as close to my chest as possible, tilting it up at the stage. I don't block people's view of the stage.

It's funny... Doing that stuff at shows actually made me realize I was a decent concert photographer, and now I do that for real. People who hold their phones up in the air drive me crazy, though.

I got to shoot Lady Antebellum a couple of weeks ago. It was a soundboard shoot, so the professional photographers were in the back of the room, behind the standing crowd. We were only allowed to shoot the first two songs. Let me tell ya... It isn't easy. The crowd is standing, some of them are in the aisles, people are still lazily wandering back to their seats, the crowd has their hands and phones high in the air, swinging them around. I'm somehow supposed to dodge all this and come up with a gallery full of good shots in under 8 minutes. I cannot tell you how many times I framed what would've been a great shot when a super bright phone screen slammed itself into frame, ruining everything. People later asked me how the show was; I told them all I remembered was bright and chaos.

Keep the phones close to your body, people. Not only are you being considerate, your photos will actually have a better chance of coming out clearer, since the phone won't be shaking as much as it does when you're waving it in the air. :)

Posted by Sydney Frames on 07/10/2012 at 12:01 PM

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