How to Take Pictures at a Concert…(Let’s All Join Hands and Commit Right Now)

May 4, 2008 at 5:02 pm 2 comments

Leeland opened for Casting Crowns.  Good group, an Eagles feel at times, I thought.  I liked “We are the House of God” and something “Rising Up to You”.  They played for like an hour…we were are psyched for Casting Crowns, so it would have been good if we’d have listened to some of their stuff before we got there.  We got a bit antsy.  They were very good, though.

This was a keyboard moment with a cool song about Mephibosheth about the Table covering his brokenness.  I could have enjoyed it more without cameras deciding to try to save the moment by taking flash photos during this tender moment.

Shots like the one above happen anyway.  I wanted to make a public service announcement right then and there.  Migraine sufferers were all about to revolt, I’m sure.  I was praying that no one fell off the stage later, blinded by the insensitivity of flashes in the dark. 

Join together my friends, and make a difference:  stop the flashing.  Blog it, speak it, teach it, rant it…say you’ll join me. 

Flashes should be reserved for only for rare observed moments like this (note: within 10 feet, pointed away from the crowd and stage, not during a quiet moment.)  My 9 yr. old girl and her Daddy.

Photo with no flash while an artist painted with chaulk and paint to music.  They showed it large on big screen where you could see him work really well.  Way cool work.


  • Here, I propped the cam on my knee  for stability. NO wiggles, or aggressive dancing on your row, or bumping clappers.  You gotta get that camera STILL.
  • Wait for a “still moment” on the stage…lots of moving around will get you blurred shots.
  • Take several, just in case you wiggled.
  • If you are down low and closer to stage, you may think your flash will reach.  But, you still don’t need a flash…stage lighting will be enough light if you wait for right moments (still performers, good lighting). 
  • It’s really simple..just use your digital cam screen as a guide.  Let it teach you.  Photography is about trial and error learning. 


Back to CASTING CROWNS:  This group is touching multi-generations with solid shows! 

Of note: UNBELIEVABLE camera crew-work (the best I’ve EVER seen at a concert–only two camera people as far as I could tell).

It’s worth the experience if you ever have a chance to go.  And the concert gives you your money’s worth.  It ran 6-9:30 or so. 


Also Worth a Mention from the Concert:

AQUASIS LIFE H20 water company is giving 80% of their sales to developing impoverished communities (specifically Yambio, Sudan).  If you see it…buy it. Order a pallet of water here at Aquasis Life H20 website for your sporting or group event.  They hope to raise $10 million dollars of money’s administered by World Vision, and intitiated by

A favorite line from Casting Crowns:  “hiding behind our ‘relevance'”. 

A favorite moment: sound of my 11 yr. old son belting out “Praise You in this Storm”.  Gold, people.  Gold.  (He even set it to his Football computer game to play Casting Crowns in the background instead of the preset rockin’ stuff pre-loaded on the game…makes my dinner fixing time MmmMmm, Good! 

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Dori  |  May 4, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    Hey…are we living parallel lives?

    1. Lake Barkley – Spring Break
    2. Zoo — I went this past Monday
    3. Casting Crowns — we went on 4/17.

    What ‘cha doin’ tomorrow…make it good because I’ll probably be doing it in 10-14 days at the rate we are going!!! 🙂

    Love ya, sister!

  • 2. ~E  |  May 5, 2008 at 7:06 am

    Thanks for sharing a few moments of the concert with me via cell phone!

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