5 tips for great music festival photos

Summer is here, and that means one thing: Music festival season. And what do all festivals have in common? Amazing light shows.

Whether you're laid back at Newport Folk or getting weird at Electric Circus, you can pretty much guarantee that when the sun goes down, the brilliant festival light shows come out. And as far as we're concerned, there's only one app that allows you to create truly magical moving images from all those incredible lights: PABLO (duh).

Here are some tips to ensure you get the best from your festival lightpainting experience.

1. Definitely use PABLO's "mirror" feature.

The mirror feature has two options: Vertical and horizontal. You can even turn on both vertical and horizontal. That's when it gets really crazy, transforming the moving lights into a kaleidoscopic portal to another universe.

 

2. Turn on the "fade" feature.

PABLO's "fade" feature is a lightpainting app dream. It ensures that light trails don't flood the frame, fading away after a few seconds, creating opportunities to let lights fade and change, creating a "real-time" effect that no other app can accomplish.

3. Pause your exposure. 

Again, no other app has a feature like this, where you can actually "pause" your exposure right in the middle of it. This is great for layering different effects. For example, you capture a few seconds of stage lights as they glow purple, pause the exposure, and then resume it once the lights switch to a new cycle. Layers on layers on layers of LED brilliance.

4. Look out for spinners, glovers and hoopers.

Festivals are a great place to spot all kinds of light enthusiasts. You're likely to spot a fire spinner twirling to the music, an LED hula hooper hypnotizing the crowd, or a glover just blowing minds wide open. These things look great IRL, but they look even better through the eyes of PABLO!

 

5. Bring a backup power source

If you're like us, you're going to be shooting a LOT, and you're going to want to make sure your phone is ready to roll when Drake comes out during a Metro Boomin set and the lights go CRAZY. So get a mophie or a portable charger, y'know... like the PROS do.