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

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Chapter 22. Drummers

Dave Weckl, drummer for Chick Corea, 2006. Fujifilm Finepix S2, 1/250 sec, f/4, ISO 1600, 160 mm

Figure 22.1. Dave Weckl, drummer for Chick Corea, 2006. Fujifilm Finepix S2, 1/250 sec, f/4, ISO 1600, 160 mm

Take a lot of shots, as it's hard to predict what the drummer will do next. If you listen well you can probably guess, but the better the drummer, the harder it gets. The best moment to shoot is when the drummer goes round on the drum kit (drum roll). When the drumsticks hit the toms or cymbals, you will see the sticks in your photo. Another nice option is to let the drummer's face hide behind a big cymbal. The moment he hits the cymbal with his drumstick, it will top over and you will catch a glimpse of his face. That ...

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