Lollapalooza Photography Tips & Tricks

The 10th Anniversary of the largest live music festival is one day away, and there’s no doubt concert-goers will be bringing a camera to capture their time at .  Whether it’s through a cell phone or a small point and shoot, I’ve put together 10 helpful tips for attendees to make their photos rock.

First, here is the Lollapalooza :

Non-Professional Recording Equipment and Cameras for Personal Use (Point & Shoot Cameras, Flip Video Cameras, GoPros, etc.). Professional attachments not accompanied by a Photo pass in the park must have a paper photo band attached to it.

  1. Enjoy the experience: Take photos of the bands you want to see, but don’t forget to enjoy actually seeing the bands perform with your own eyes.  Take an adequate amount of photos, but put that camera away to create memories in your mind.
  2. Don’t forget to focus: You may want to snap a picture right away on your device, but focus the frame/screen first and you’ll be destined to take clear(er) photos.
  3. Experiment with angles: It’s great to have that perfectly squared photo, but tilt that camera down right or left, up or down... you may be surprised by the results.
  4. Black and white: Color photos are always standard and great, but turn down that saturation and get a whole new look with your photos when you turn them black and white. 
  5. The other details: Capture more than just the bands.  There will be plenty of vendors, activities and people attending the festival.  Go for it all!
  6. Cell phone users: Download apps.  There’s a plethora of photo apps on the market, my favorite FREE ones to use are: Snapseed, VSCO Cam, Pixlr-o-matic and Instagram.
  7. Bring extra batteries:  There’s nothing worse than running out of juice on your cell phone or point and shoot when it’s only halfway through the day.  Avoid that with extra batteries or external chargers.
  8. Have lots of memory:  I’m not talking about your brain power.  Bring memory cards with lots of space for your camera or have enough storage on your cell phone.  
  9. Be aware: Keep your eyes open for those amazing photo opportunities, be respectful to those around you and keep your camera close to you at all times to avoid possible theft.
  10. Me, myselfie and I: Lastly, don’t forget to take pictures of yourself at Lollapalooza!  Take a combination of selfies and don’t be afraid to ask people to take your photo.  I have a feeling that selfies are going to be unfashionable in the future.


Janelle Rominski has attended over 500 concerts both as an attendee and as a professional photographer.  She currently works for .  Check out her music photography .

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