Well anyway one of the recent concerts was a group called West Coast Soul Surfers. It was an incredible group. They had wonderful guitars and drums and an incredible singer and a great horn section. It was an awesome concert. It was also a fun concert to shoot.
Then you need to go back and edit. This is the boring part of the job for me. I love shooting. Sometimes it takes a bit to actually get motivated to sit in my office and start to edit the photos. There are so many choices to make now. Which photos will actually make the final cut. Which ones will get a bit of a crop. Will some become black and white or stay color? Add vignette or not? Do I need to adjust the white balance a bit? Are the highlights blown out or are my eyes just getting tired? So many questions. But once you get through them you have narrowed down the photos to the really great ones and tweaked them just right.
When I am shooting a concert I go between my 50mm f/1.8 lens and my 70-300mm telephoto zoom lens. The 50mm is a very short lens so I need to get bold and get right near the stage. Being a bold person anyway I don't get too freaked by that. I have not had anyone that has told me I don't belong there.... yet. So I will keep being bold. The telephoto is much easier to work with in the sense I can step back quite a ways from the stage. But the lens I have does not have a very wide aperture so the depth of field is not as shallow as I would like I am hoping at some time to get a longer prime, like a 135mm or something, with a wide aperture. Or maybe I will eventually get that 70-200mm f/2.8 lens everyone says is so awesome on Nikons.
The other thing I like about shooting events is the same reason I like shooting people in general. People are the story of life. There is something about shooting people doing things that is energizing. The goal is to try to capture the story, the energy, the emotion of the event. It is the same if you are shooting a concert, a baseball game, or kids on the playground. There is a story there. Even people just in the street doing day to day stuff tells a story. So beyond the equipment and the technique.... get out and try to find the story. If you can find the story... if you can see the emotion... then you are most of the way to a good photo. Good shooting.