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Three Songs, No Flash!: Your Ultimate Guide to Concert Photography by Loe Beerens

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Chapter 21. Guitarists

Again, it is important to listen to the performer you are shooting. Most of the time, the rhythm guitarist plays certain patterns repeatedly. Lead guitarists play the same or a slightly different pattern, but also riffs and solos. During the solos, especially when they play the high notes, you will get the best facial expressions. Take your shot when they reach the highest note. At that moment, their hands are usually at the bottom of the guitar neck—an excellent opportunity to combine your standpoint and frame with the ultimate expression. Result: a 100 percent perfect picture.

Rhythm guitarists require a different approach. You won't get much facial expression, as their musical role is more of an accompaniment. On the other ...

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