Poets of the Fall does not currently prohibit photography on their gigs. However, they still ask you to follow these simple guidelines that will guarantee you and others better pictures and memories from the gig. There are already many books and websites about the technical side of photographing, so we won't go into that here.
- Although the band does not prohibit photography, remember that the venue can have restrictions, or photography may be totally forbidden.
- Don't use a flash! Some cameras could have problems coping with typical gig lighting without a flash, but the lights and the atmosphere are totally ruined if you use it. Even a slightly blurry or noisy picture is usually better than one taken with a flash. Familiarize yourself with the settings of your camera, and find out how you can take best pictures in dim lighting without a flash. If possible, use a stand or other support.
- The process does not end when you have taken the pictures. A good photographer goes through all the pics, and immediately removes the ones that clearly did not work out. You don't have to publish all your pictures as is, or at all. You don't even have to publish all the good ones - only one picture taken from the same subject and angle is usually enough to give the idea to the viewer. Try to have quality over quantity - no-one wants to browse through dozens of similar pictures. Leave something to the viewer's imagination, and try to compose a compact and clear picture collection. No more than 20 pictures is usually enough to tell everything you need to know from one gig.
- Is necessary at all for you to take pictures and/or publish them on the net? There are already thousands of great pictures of the band, which more than fulfill the needs of the band and the fans. It could be much nicer to just concentrate on the gig itself, and leave photography to those that do it for a living.