Taking Pictures At Concerts

October 20, 2013

I have no idea really what you’re supposed to use to take pictures or how many you’re supposed to take…

I realized I haven’t been to a concert in far too long if I don’t know these things.

For the majority of my life, I’ve been all about living as opposed to documenting living. Over the past year year or two (after starting this blog) I’ve taken more pictures than I have in my other two decades of life.

Part of me loves this because I have so many more tangible memories now. Part of me doesn’t like this because it can be stressful and outside of experiences to document things.

Now, I know general concert etiquette is not to take too too many pictures because the people behind you don’t want to see your little screen all lit up.

So, my tentative goal was to take basically for a half a song in each outfit (since he only had 3 outfits – I’m sure if you try that at a Madonna concert, you’ll be taking photos all night).

I think I did a pretty good job of sticking to that. I did end up taking from more like 2 songs per outfit than just 1 because I’d do a fast and a slow song so I could get some dancing but then also some super great facial expressions.

But… oh goodness, I am so hesitant to even speak this blasphemy out loud because I am an Apple girl through and through. I love my iPhone, my Mac, my iPad – all of it. And every time I see that commercial about the people who can sit in the back of the place and still get pictures way more amazing than the ones on iPhones, I think “bahahahahaha what a ridiculous lying commercial this is. Who would believe this silliness?”

But then (dum, dum, duuuuuum (scary chords)), I say next to someone who had a freaking Samsung. Granted, her phone was SO HUGE. I had my iPad mini with me, and I felt that was basically the same size as her phone. (I know it was actually bigger… but not by that much!)

Anyway, I took a couple photos with my iPhone and at intermission, I saw that hers were approximately one million times better. Wah wah wah. What a super bummer. (Also, how is that possible?!)

I know I just recently said that all photo things should be done on iPads. But I was thinking things where you’re not in a crowd and you don’t look like a doofus holding up your iPad. Of course, next to her freaking humongous phone, I didn’t feel that weird about it. In the second half of the show, I put a few photos on my iPad (which looked way, a million times better – though still not necessarily quite as good as hers, though definitely more of a run for her money).

I was stealth about my iPad. I put it in front of my body and didn’t even look through it for the most part, just hoping I was getting good stuff. I wanted to hide it as much as possible from the people behind me, ’cause I didn’t want this huge annoying screen annoying them (especially since Neil Sedaka was behind me and who wants Neil Sedaka to get mad at you?).

The moral of the story is that I don’t know if you’re supposed to take pictures and concerts or what you’re supposed to use to take said pictures. I think things pretty much went okay in this scenario, but I don’t know the real rules. What are your thoughts on photos at concerts (and what you use to take those photos)?

I'd love to hear from you! So whaddya say?