Photo Shoot/Edit Music Playlist

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And now for something a little different!

I have a couple of playlists on my iPod, one that I like to play during a photo shoot (unless the photo shoot is of a person, then I let them play their own playlist), and one that I like to play while I’m editing my photos. There really isn’t much of a rhyme or reason to which songs made it to which playlists – I seem to like a mixture of musical genres. Sometimes I play the Photo Shoot playlist while I’m editing, and sometimes I play the Photo Editing playlist while I’m shooting. The upbeat songs get me moving, shooting, trying new things. The mellower songs make me more contemplative, deliberate, and introspective. Either way, it’s a good thing to experience a variety of moods during a photo shoot or post-processing session.

In speaking with a few photographer friends of mine, I found that I’m not the only one who has developed playlists for photography. I thought I would share mine, and I hope you share yours in the comments or on our Facebook Page!

Photo Shoot Playlist

- “Mr. E’s Beautiful Blues” by the Eels
- “Don’t Change” by INXS
- “Dog Days are Over” by Florence & The Machine
- “Let the Drummer Kick” by Citizen Cope
- “Good Life” by OneRepublic
- “Time to Pretend” by MGMT
- “Hang Me Up To Dry” by Cold War Kids
- “Heartbreak Beat” by The Psychedelic Furs
- “Heart and Soul” by T’Pau
- “Nirvana” by Robert Plant
- “Hey Pretty” by Poe
- “Little Lion Man” by Mumford & Sons
- “The Edge of Glory” by Lady Gaga
- “Crawl” by Kings of Leon
- “Strict Machine” by Goldfrapp
- “My Hero” by Foo Fighters
- “Got You Where I Want You” by The Flys
- “Annie Waits” by Ben Folds
- “Waiting on a Sunny Day” by Bruce Springsteen
- “All These Things That I’ve Done” by The Killers

Photo Editing Playlist

- “Empire State of Mind” by Jay-Z
- “My Love” by Justin Timberlake
- “Back Down South” by Kings of Leon
- “Misty Mountain Hop” by Led Zeppelin
- “Iridescent” by Linkin Park
- “In the Air Tonight” by Phil Collins
- “7″ by Prince
- “Thunderstruck” by Sprung Monkey
- “California Love” by Tupac & Dr. Dre
- “Return of the Mack” by Mark Morrison
- “Are You Gonna Be My Girl” by Jet
- “Send Me On My Way” by Rusted Root
- “Read My Mind” by The Killers
- “All I’m Thinkin’ About” by Intervision
- “Burn” by The Cure
- “Seven Nation Army” by White Stripes
- “Word Up” by Korn
- “Bad Company” by Five Finger Death Punch
- “Float On” by Modest Mouse
- “Fast Love” by George Michael

Here are YouTube videos of a few of my favorites:


Photo Credit: “Guitar” by Sam Foles on Flickr Creative Commons.

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