John Blanding/Globe Staff
John Blanding of the Globe captured this picture of teenyboppers screaming their hearts out Tuesday night at the TD Garden in joyous anticipation of a concert by heartthrob Justin Bieber. Here are some of his thoughts on getting the shot:
When you're shooting a concert like that you always wear earplugs. The screaming wasn't as loud as I anticipated, but I also didn't take the earplugs out. I learned a lesson about earplugs from a Rolling Stone concert in the 1990s where I literally couldn't focus the camera because I had to hold my ears.
What happens is that photographers are usually restricted to the first three songs. In this case, we're shooting from the photo pit. You take pictures of the crowd and then have to turn around to shoot the show. Following the action during a concert can be tricky. In sports games, you always know they're going to the goal. When it's dancing on stage, you donít know where they're going.
During the moment I shot the picture, they were showing on the screen a countdown clock to the start of the show. That was in the final seconds. I shot other pictures of the crowd. That first one, the anticipation, was the best.
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