Standing at floor level has it’s perks at any concert. The same can be said for VIP seats you snag. But something new is happening in the world of concert media and it’s changing the way many concerts are recorded.
Most of the photography and cinematography we see from concerts is like the picture you see above. It’s taken at ground level where a person is on someone’s shoulders and they’re shooting straight out. Other, higher end concerts can afford aerial recording, but for the longest time this was out of reach of most for most performances.
Yes, you can get great shots from a helicopter but the cost of renting one is just too dang expensive for most groups and venues.
You’ve probably heard about quadcopters in the news. Who hasn’t? It was first (and still is) the vague and sporadic news about this accident or that law causing problems. However, aside from the mainstream news most people are aware of, there’s an underground movement of much more efficient drone recording services popping up around the United States, and the rest of the world for that matter.
One such service is called Team Black Sheep whom offer aerial recording services, as well as their own line of fpv quadcopter. These professionals are similar to many who are committing to advancing the field in not only technique, but also in technology.
The interesting thing about concert photography and cinematography is that we’ll likely begin to see more and more of these aerial shots emerging as time goes along. Just imagine what it’d be like to see all of your favorite venues recorded from the air, no matter how small their budget is.
Here’s a video compilation of festivals from 2015, illustrating the interesting and engaging shots these guys are getting with these devices.
What do you think? Is drone photography a good thing in the music industry? Or do you think we’ll start seeing more of the ridiculous Enrique Iglesias accidents as more of these robots fill our air space?