How to Take Great Photos at Coachella 2007
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Coachella is a very photogenic music festival. For both amateur and
professional photographers, there's no shortage of interesting subjects to
snap photos of. The beautiful landscape, the artwork, your friends and fellow
fans, and of course the performers themselves. There are hundreds of Coachella
photo albums fans have posted online for the public to view, just do a search
on Flickr.com or Google images and you'll see a ton of great photos.
Coachella's rules state that
are allowed, as long as they're not "professional" I'm not sure where they
draw the distinction, but it seems that your basic point-and-shoot cameras are
fine, while SLR cameras (digital or film) are not. But I'd guess that if you
brought an SLR, they'd probably still let you bring it in as long as you
didn't have some big telephoto lens attached to it.
You can capture some great photos at Coachella by following these tips:
Things You'll Need
A camera case (to protect your camera)
Extra film / memory cards
STEP 1: KEEP IT SIMPLE. Basic point and shoot cameras
have advanced in quality in recent years, and take great pics. Don't try
to get too complicated with lighting techniques.
STEP 2: KEEP IT CANDID. Pics of people posing for the
camera are nice, but kinda boring. Candid, action shots are much more
interesting. Get some pics of people
rockin' out, etc. Coachella's a public place, so feel free to take pics of
strangers, unless they object.
STEP 3: ZOOM IN. Zoom as close in as you can. Closeups
are more revealing, and zooming allows you to stand further away from your
STEP 4: USE A FAST SHUTTER SPEED. Change your camera's
ISO setting to something like 400, to capture images if your subject (or
you) are moving.
STEP 5: KEEP YOUR CAMERA HANDY. You never know when an
opportunity for a great shot will happen. And if you have a digital
camera, take a lot of shots, then go back and delete the ones that didn't
turn out so great. Keep only the really interesting shots.
STEP 6: BRING EXTRA FILM (MEMORY) AND BATTERIES. You'll
need them. And bring your battery chargers too, so you can recharge in the
STEP 7: BACKS ARE BORING. Many Coachella pics show a sea
of peoples' backs, and a tiny stage a mile away. These shots are boring.
Get people's faces in the shots, that's what's interesting.
STEP 8: EXPERIMENT. Try different angles. Shoot from down
low, by the ground. Or hold you camera high over your head for an overhead
view. Mix it up and keep it interesting.