News Herald photographers cover Gulf Coast Jam over Labor Day Weekend

We love photographing concerts almost as much as country music fans love cowboy hats. On this week's episode of "Shooting the Shot," Joshua Boucher and I discuss how we both recently covered Gulf Coast Jam over the Labor Day Weekend and give our best concert photography tips.

 

Thousands of country music fans attended the three-day festival. Boucher took photos of bands on Friday afternoon and Saturday afternoon, while I worked on Friday night and Sunday night. This meant that the sun lit most of Boucher's photos while stage lights lit mine.

Boucher's top tip for photographing concerts in the summer sun is to get as close to the stage as you safely can and make sure to dress for comfort. The bright sunshine helps with shooting photos but sun exposure can also lead to dehydration and sunburn for photographers.

Boucher's favorite photo was a backlit photo of a woman blowing bubbles before Jamestown Revival played their show. "It gave me an opportunity to play with backlighting the subject, adding a little bit of color to the scene. And the whole moment was not what I expected at the concert," he said.

My top advice for taking photos at concerts at night is to look for unique moments of the audience enjoying the show and know how your camera works well enough to be able to quickly change the settings as performers and lights move around the stage.

My favorite photo from the show was a silhouetted shot of Midland singer Mark Wystrach as he walked in front of a spotlight. The spotlight created a beautiful outline around his cowboy hat.

I also enjoyed the various styles of hats worn by audience members and performers so I made sure to make a special fashion gallery called "Hats of Gulf Coast Jam" at NewsHerald.com.

Listen to "Shooting the Shot with Patti and Josh" for more stories from the show and concert photography tips.

 

Patti Blake and Joshua Boucher are News Herald photographers. Learn about their work behind the scenes by listening to the 'Shooting the Shot' podcast at NewsHerald.com.