Music in Motion - Capturing Sound through Imagery

In the past few months I've become more and more enamored with the idea of capturing the sound of music through the use of motion and color. Spending some time experimenting with flash and a few cool techniques I've been quite successful in creating some pretty exciting images. I thought I would share a few tips that I've discovered along the way with you in this Post.

© 2014 Eryn M. Brydon   Band:   The Jaded

© 2014 Eryn M. Brydon 

Band: The Jaded

- Use On Camera Flash - Don't be afraid of it. It's a rule that CAN and SHOULD be broken from time to time, especially when photographing things in motion in a lowly lit environment like musicians on stage. I usually play around with the power and tweak it for eau particular environment but 1/8th - 1/16th power will usually do the trick.

- Try using slower shutter speeds, with lower ISO's and moving your camera with the movement of the Musicians. You can get some pretty cool effects this way. 

- One trick That I've been loving lately is using slower shutter speeds and changing my focal length during an exposure. This is how I achieved the Image you see above. It takes a little finessing to get the timing right, but once you've got the hang of it you can really play around and if you time things just right can end up with some super killer shots. 

I hope these tips have inspired you to try something different and perhaps step a little farther out of your comfort zone than your used to. I've found that when you push those comfort boundaries you really stumble  onto new and exciting ways to bring your work to a level where it has never been or you've never been able to take it to before. 

Happy Snapping!