Murder By Death. Dante's. Portland, Oregon. August 11, 2012.
Band photography is something I've always wanted to get into a bit more, but haven't for various reasons over the years.
Back in the 1980s and 1990s, working with film, the lighting issues were just too annoying to deal with. However, these days, digital cameras are just much more light sensitive, and then there is the ability to vary ISO per shot, not per role, so that helps a lot. Also, being able to review the shots on the spot is tremendously helpful in these situations, because I can keep firing away until I know I've captured what I've been aiming for.
This last year, when I started taking cameras around with me pretty much everywhere, it was only natural to start taking some shots at shows, and I have been happy with the results.
I really like playing with the stage lighting, good performers do interesting things, and I can get some of the good, blurry but nice weird effects that I like, giving me a lot to play with in editing.
This last year, time and budget kept me from making it to many shows. Hopefully 2013 will give me plenty of new opportunities to continue developing my technique with live band photography and to build up a more solid portfolio in this area.
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