Since given the music module in my photography A-Level, this is my absolute dream style. Also possibly one of the hardest to make a living out of, but hey ho.
I made my very first effort to get back into it over a year ago, and while the photos weren’t ~fantastic~, I was happy that I’d finally gotten myself out there. Well, that was until I fell very very ill for a few months and had to give up a LOT of extra-curricular fun.
But every time I discover a damn good new band, it gets me right in the mood to give it another go. Last time it was Set It Off, this time it was State Champs. The kind of music that you just wanna be there and CAPTURE.
So I kind of threw myself in at the deep end over the last few months. A mutual friend of mine announced a gig at a local bar so I just thought ‘why not?’ My mindset was, if I didn’t like the photos, I didn’t have to show them, but it’ll be really good practice. And luckily, I absolutely loved the photos.
It let me get a bit of practice in working out what settings I needed, learning to use prisms to jazz up my photos a bit and in post-production, my new favourite thing – colour correction. It took a LOT of practice and definitely helped me learn more about Lightroom. Before my eyes fell out of my skull that is.
A couple of weeks later there was another opportunity to get my camera out. Another friend of mine, one half of Reflexions, had a local show and I JUMPED at the chance to have another practice. But as soon as I got there I realised I forgot my prism which slightly scuppered my plans. But the SHOW MUST GO ON and I had to learn pretty quickly to take good photos without hiding behind my lil piece for glass. For a super simple stage and lighting set-up, I think they came out pretty nicely. I also started to get a little bit less shy about being there in the first place. During my first gig I was very conscious about getting in people’s way, but this time I was a bit more confident in it. Hell, I even got on STAGE.
The last gig of my recent re-introduction to music photography was my best friend’s first gig in our hometown. This tiny cellar gig is well known in my hometown and funnily enough, the first gig I shot over a year ago was in this same venue, shooting a duet with him and another one of my best friends. Something I’ve really started loving is looking back at my old photos and seeing how far I’ve actually come and improved. A lot of the time its easy to get stuck in a rut and think you’re not getting anywhere, but just taking a second and looking back can make you feel SO much better.