Whether your attending one of the small boutique festivals or going to Glastonbury then there's some things that you may need to know or at least remember if you want to capture all the good stuff and make the most of your ticket price.
Here's 6 tips to make your festival shots ROCK!...
2. Plan the day/s. If you have a photo pass then you will want to plan your time so that you capture your favourite bands and leave yourself time to get there early and get a good spot in the pit. Same goes for if you’re in the crowd; you’ll need to be near the front to get decent shots so factor that in when scheduling which bands to see and where they are in relation to each other on the site. If it’s your first time photographing a big festival then be sure to pace yourself well, if you’re waiting to shoot the headline acts in the evening then be sure to get some rest in the afternoon so you’re fresh and ready to go when they bring the big guns out.
4. Don’t go for the obvious. Whilst getting in the photo pit at Glasto main stage might be the goal, don’t neglect the opportunity to capture the truly unique situations that arise in just wondering around the site, people are often in very high spirits and more open to being photographed more than any other time so take full advantage and look for the many characters that festivals provide the ideal platform for, especially when the sun goes down! The advantage of festival season is that there are longer daylight hours and usually a better quality of light. Try getting up before dawn to capture a sunrise and magic hour as the light will give everything a dreamy quality, especially good for wide shots of the festival site.
6. Take model release forms. You will undoubtedly get some brilliant shots of people and it would be a shame to not be able to display them in a gallery or enter them into a competition because you didn’t have their written permission. If you’re shooting crowds then as long as you can’t identify people in the shot then you’re alright but shots otherwise shooting individuals or small groups then try where possible to get their details on a model release form or at least a contact number so you can get them to complete it in the future.