Music Photography - Capturing the Essence

Course Brief :

You're a lover of music and your favorite band will be playing in town soon. Or maybe you have a dear friend who's a musician and you're in awe of their talent. Maybe you're a professional photographer and you're booked for a portrait shoot for a musician. Music itself is fleeting, but wouldn't it be interesting to be able to hear the music in a photograph? A musician's promo photo needs to convey their "essence", something about their artistic skill and personality which defines them as a unique artist.

Professional musician and photographer Teddie Hwang will guide you into the world of music and share details about how to work with musicians to produce storytelling photography, whether in a documentary or composed portraiture style. You'll learn how to shoot live music events and the etiquette involved, followed by how to shoot portraiture specifically for musicians with a particular focus on posing with instruments. As a flutist herself, Teddie offers valuable insider's knowledge and has gathered much experience working for her colleagues in more than a decade. Basic settings and useful tips will serve as a foundation to develop your skill and sense of aesthetics further, so that you're not only the photographer but also become an interpretive artist yourself.

This course is for the amateur photographer who loves music as well as for the professional who wants to learn how to best serve their musical client. If music also tells a narrative, then here's your chance to take your skills to the next level by learning how to convert aural into visual storytelling.


Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand and capture the visual "essence" of the musician or music you're portraying
  • Show-up prepared for your event, whether shooting live in a club, a concert hall, or a planned photo session
  • Work with your subject with confidence, know basic camera settings to produce unique and beautiful portraiture
  • Improve your sense of aesthetics in posing, and overall composition

What you will need:

  • Digital SLR or mirrorless camera, basic working knowledge in manual settings (If shooting film, you will need access to a scanner in order to digitize your work for upload to the TCI website)
  • A selection of prime lenses such as a 50mm or 85mm and a zoom lens
  • Monopod optional
  • Computer, Adobe Lightroom or other photo-processing software, basic working knowledge of both
  • Interest in a variety of musical genres
  • Self-motivation to get the most from this instructor-interactive course

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