Digital etiquette: 5 basic rules for taking concert photos on your phone

Whatever you do, don't use the flash

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Once upon a time in a galaxy far, far away (college), I used to devote my Thursdays and Fridays to snapping concert photos in L.A. for music publications. This not only helped fill my piggy bank with beer money, but also taught me the fine art of not being an inconsiderate jerk to other concert-goers whilst taking photos. And now that the summer festival season is winding down and live music is (largely) scampering back indoors, it seemed like an opportune time to not-so-humbly submit a few etiquette tips.

Here, in no special order, are a few easy rules for Instagramming/snapping photos at a show without being that annoying person blocking everyone else's view of the stage:

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