So you’re in a band, have a mate who’s in a band or just want to snap pics of your favourite band?
That’s a great idea, but it can be slightly tricky to pull off. Most bands take the stage in low-lit venues that can leave your photos falling flat. Happily, there are a few hacks you can use to get the best possible shots of the band when using your Fujifilm instax camera.
- Make sure you use your camera on the proper setting. If you have the Fujifilm instax mini 9 camera, set your camera to indoor mode. Whatever camera you have, it’s important that you know how to operate it and make the most of the lighting conditions in your setting.
- If you can, get backstage or at a rehearsal. There, you’ll likely have better lighting and also the opportunity to get closer up — and more creative — with your shots.
- Keep it candid. If you’re backstage, on the tour bus, or just hanging out with the band members, remember that some of the best shots are the ones where nobody is posing and you can get the most interesting angle, or get that retro black and white photo nostalgics will love. That’s accomplished by always keeping your camera on hand, ready to snap at a moment’s notice.
- Want the flexibility of taking high-resolution images but love the look of instax prints? Take your photos on an X Series camera or your mobile phone and print them using one of our instax printers!
- Know your camera. Take a quick second and read the manual to see what special features might enhance your photos, including things like “party mode,” “high-performance flash” and “brightness adjustment dial.”
- Take advantage of filters. You can make collages, add frames, do double exposures and, in general, make shooting band photos intriguing with just a little help.
Try the instax mini LiPlay. This camera actually allows you to add a sound bite to your photo. Imagine a photoshoot with the band that includes a snippet of live music! What a great souvenir, as well as promotional material.
At the end of the day, you can improve your music photography with these two tips: One, know your camera and take advantage of all that it has to offer. Two, let yourself be as creative as the music. Go with the flow, keep your camera on hand, and capture the moments that make music so memorable.