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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Ben Fournier: Meet the Best Music Photographers in St. Louis

Posted By on Tue, Dec 4, 2012 at 7:02 AM

PHOTO BY BEN FOURNIER

Earlier, we introduced you to our ten favorite concert photographers in St. Louis. We got well over fifty nominations, and our judges narrowed the field to these ten folks. Over the coming week-plus, we'll be introducing you to each of the finalists in turn by having them share with you five of their favorite concert photos and answering a few questions about their process and passion. Up next is Ben Fournier, whose work can be viewed (and purchased) from his web site, www.benfournierphotographer.com.

See also: -The Ten Best Music Photographers in St. Louis: Meet the Finalists -Finalist profile: Corey Woodruff -Finalist profile: Nate Burrell -Finalist Profile: Jason Stoff

RFT Music: If you had to guess at the ballpark number, how many concerts would you say you've photographed?

Ben Fournier: Thats a tough question, but if I had to guess, somewhere between 150-200. It's a guess -- I've been shooting shows for a few years now.

PHOTO BY BEN FOURNIER

What makes a great concert photo?

In my opinion, a great concert photo should capture the essence of the show. The look of the artist might not always match the sound of the music, but I should be able to get a vibe of what kind of music the band is performing by looking at the photo. It has to be clear enough to see whats going on, but it doesn't have to look like it was a show with high production value. It should should be shot from an angle that compliments what you are seeing and should work with the lighting. Wider shots should set the scene for whats happening on stage, and I prefer my up close tight shots to convey emotion rather than just a musician playing his instrument.

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