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Photo Finds – Week of May 28, 2012

Brad Moore

Brad Moore

Welcome to Photo Finds, a feature where we point you to some of the best photography around the web.

This week, we bring you the work of concert photographer Brad Moore, from Tampa, Fl.

I met Brad briefly at the Google+ Conference for Photographers in San Francisco. He was there as part of the organizing staff, as he’s conference organizer Scott Kelby’s assistant. Brad has also appeared on a few shows produced by Kelby Training, such as The Grid and D-Town TV.

I’ve been following Brad’s work for some time now, and he’s grown into an excellent concert photographer – as you can see from the examples posted here.

Photo Courtesy and Copyright © Brad Moore.

Photo Courtesy and Copyright © Brad Moore.

Being a concert photographer is rough, hard work. I’m terrified to take even a point-and-shoot into a venue these days; a small bump and there goes a few hundred dollars. So I have a tremendous amount of respect for anyone that schlepps pro gear into a crowded, noisy, and dark location where an inadvertent elbow might end the life of some gorgeous glass.

Photo Courtesy and Copyright © Brad Moore.

Photo Courtesy and Copyright © Brad Moore.

I have even more respect for someone who can go into a location like that and come away with the kind of shots that Brad does.

All too often, photographers who shoot concerts tend to freeze motion in their images without giving it any sense of action or dynamism. Or, they go the other way, dragging their shutters and letting their subjects blur a bit to add that sense of action and drama. Both approaches, to me, fall a bit short.

Photo Courtesy and Copyright © Brad Moore.

Photo Courtesy and Copyright © Brad Moore.

That’s why I love Brad’s work. He manages to capture these split-seconds that reflect action, motion, and emotion, and does so with aplomb. Take a look at his portfolio – you’ll see that his sense of timing and perspective are delightfully spot-on. There is such a thing as capturing the essence of a musical moment in a still image, and Brad Moore seems to have the ability to capture that moment beautifully.

Photo Courtesy and Copyright © Brad Moore.

Photo Courtesy and Copyright © Brad Moore.

You can find out more about Brad’s work by visiting his website, Brad is also active on Google+ and Twitter.

That’s it for this edition of Photo Finds. As always, questions and feedback are welcome in the comments below.

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Sohail Mamdani is a writer and photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook or Google+. You can find his portfolio on his website at as well as on 500px and Flickr.

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  • Great post and great work Brad!

  • Lily says:

    Awesome! There’s nothing like concert photography. And speaking of Finds, feel free to check out my concert & travel shots :) at


    Thank you! Love the Finds idea.

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