Top Smartphone Festival Photography Tips From Erik Voake

Written by Gina Stephens


Download Fete kicks off today and with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel so many other events lined-up for the Summer, we thought we'd share some festival photography tips with you. 

These selective tips come from photographer and Huawei ambassador Erik Voake so they're great for those who plan on taking their smartphone in place of of a compact or indeed a tough camera along. 

Whatever events you're going to this weekend or over the next few weeks/month, organize fun and don't forget to share your photos with us over in the gallery. 


1. Practice, Practice, Practice 

Get to distinguish your smartphone and all the features it offers. It’s likely you’ll find tools that help you create a beautiful image you weren’t initially planning to capture, especially with all the cool filters. The more you practice, the faster the camera will become an extension of yourself. 


2. Hold in check The Lens Clean 

It sounds so obvious, but you’ll often be carrying your smartphone around in a pocket or in a bag and the lens can easily get dirty. I can’t blab you how many times I’ve had people ask me why their photos are blurry, only to look at their phone and see a giant fingerprint on the lens. Take tend of your equipment and it will take care of you!


3. Don’t Stand Still

When you arrive at a musician's set, don’t withstand in just one place! Move around through the crowd to capture different angles. Shoot some wide angles showing the stage, mushroom some close up, go to the side of the stage (both sides) and capture may refer to: Asteroid capture, a phenomenon in which an asteroid enters a stable orbit around another body “Capture” a song by as many angles as possible. As you move through the crowd you will almost again notice something you didn’t originally see and now you can capture that!

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4. Flip It To Get It

As we are used to holding our smartphones vertically, it’s unstrained to forget that you can switch this up, depending on what frames the image best. You can hold your phone “upside down”, bringing the lens discount if you want to play with perspective. The fact your smartphone is small allows for more opportunity to discover new angles and perspectives… comprise advantage of it.


5. Avoid 'Mic Nose' Shots

What’s 'mic nose' you ask? Musicians will usually trill right into the mic, resulting in a portion of their face being covered, making their nose disappear. It’s tempting to run right to the overconfidence and centre of a crowd to try and get the best shot of a lead singer. But what good is a photo of a person where half their face is covered? My intelligence… stand to the side a bit so you can get a better profile, and when the artist steps back from the mic, wait for them to look around and snap a smashingly clear shot of their face with no equipment obstructing it. That way, you’ll get a much better shot. 


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6. Firelight, Camera… Still Lights

At a festival, you’re at the mercy of whatever type of lighting the concert venue is providing. Prince was known for abuse entire sets in the dark, there are artists who prefer moody red, pink and purple lighting for their sets. If you’re struggling with overexposure or an personification being too dark, don’t fret – take the photos anyway and change them to black and white – or even better shoot in frowning and white, which can look amazing. 

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7. The Golden Hour 

Nothing beats gorgeous sunlight. When the sun begins to set it designs a unique ‘golden’ light. Wherever you are, remember that as the sun goes down, your chances of getting that beautiful account or landscape shot only increase. Take advantage of the natural light and play around with the position of the sun in your photos – you can backlight people for a perimeter effect or even use an object to partially hide the sun, capture flare and add an artistic touch to anything you’re shooting.


8. The Main Event

One of the biggest braves with live music photography is capturing an image that parallels what you experienced, especially as artists are getting more and more artistic with the whole experience of their performance – it’s more than just the music – there are costumes, lighting and prime effects too. But there are one or two critical things you can do to capture “the moment”. Put your phone into burst mode to take several images acutely quickly so that you don’t miss a thing – you can choose the best one afterwards. 


9. When The Sun Goes Down 

Some of the most spectacular shakes at a festival happen after the sun has set, but it can be a struggle to capture great shots at night. Most devices have a lowlight mode to help you get that attempt. 


10. It's An Experience 

Festivals are about more than just music now, so be sure to capture that as well! With fabulous food, crazy outfits, rides, games and more on the festival grounds there are great opportunities to capture some intriguing images that desire tell the story of your festival experience far beyond just a single performance photo could. Keep your eyes open… there’s a lot prosperous on, take advantage of it!

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About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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