Working with lots of musicians, artists and photographers, we get to see a LOT of music photography of all kinds. Some of them great, some of them truly embarrassing, which can sometimes be enough to stop people listening to your music – you only get one chance to make a first impression after all.

Many artists however are somewhere in the middle – offering shots which are simply average, run of the mill examples of people standing against a wall somewhere. Sound familiar?

The fact is, differentiating yourself is a tough thing to do with so many people out there plying their trade. But, if you want a few ideas as to how to make your photos stand out, read through these tips:

Quick tips on how to get the best music photography:

  • Hire a professional music photographer, or if you are blagging favours from mates, make sure they are mates who are seriously good with a camera.
  • Plan every aspect of your shoot in advance; research locations, clothes and photographers in depth – don’t just go for the quick and easy option.
  • Use lights if at all possible, at least when taking some of the pictures. They add a hell of a lot of atmosphere to shoots.
  • Choose a decent backdrop for the shoot, ideally one that somehow reflects your music.
  • Try to use a mix of indoor and outdoor locations – this will result in a greater variety of pictures.
  • Don’t just stand around looking grumpy. Try different poses, even if they seem outlandish or make you feel uncomfortable – you sometimes get some very interesting shots that way.
  • Take your time, and try to get as many images as possible. Even with a great photographer, it tends to take a lot of shots just to get one usable image.
  • Explore post-production options with your photographer. There are often a host of cool things that can be done in Photoshop to make your image look like it was taken in 1977 (which seems to be very important).


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