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Camera Gear for Live Music Photography: Capturing the Beat

As a music enthusiast and freelance photographer I thought I’d take you behind the scenes of my world, where passion meets pixels – live music photography.


Crowd enjoying The Enemy at Heal Festival 2023
Crowd at Heal Festival 2023

My go-to camera gear for live music photography is based around the Fujifilm X-Series cameras (X-T3 and X-T2). My go-to lenses include the trusty Fujifilm XF 50-140mm f/2.8, a powerhouse zoom lens that allows me to get up close and personal with the action on stage. Whether it's the intense expressions on a guitarist's face or the electric connection between the band and the crowd, this lens never fails to deliver. It's my secret weapon for capturing those raw, unfiltered moments that define live performances.


For a versatile touch, I also swear by the Fujifilm XF 18-55mm f/2.8. This lens is my go-to for wider shots and capturing the energy of the entire stage. Its compact design makes it easy to manoeuvre in dynamic settings, ensuring I never miss a beat. It's like having a backstage pass to the visual symphony unfolding in front of me.


Now, let's talk primes. There's something magical about the Fujifilm XF 35mm f/1.4 – it's my go-to for those atmospheric, low-light shots. The wide aperture not only lets in more light but also creates a dreamy depth of field, isolating the artist in a captivating visual narrative. And for going wider I like to use the XF 23mm f/1.4 and the XF 16mm f/2.8, adding a touch of artistry to every frame.


In this fast-paced world of live music, every beat tells a story, and my lenses are the storytellers. Join me on this journey as I strive to freeze those ephemeral moments, bringing the magic of live music to life, one photograph at a time. Stay tuned for more tales from the pit and glimpses into the soul of sound.

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