There are two main challenges with shooting rock bands, knowing where to point the camera and selecting which images to publish. Both these problems are of course a good thing. I like to have the challenge of keeping up with the action on the stage and it's always a good thing to have a wide selection of images to choose from.
"So what bands caused your shutter button to flutter so much?", I hear you cry! Well, it was a triple whammy of Pillars, Creeper, and the mighty Bury Tomorrow. As usual the venue was the Exeter Phoenix and I was there with my good friend Steve from MusicMuso. He will be writing a full review of gig really soon so keep an eye out for it over on the MusicMuso website.
As it was such an action packed night last Thursday I'm doubling the number of images I'm normally post on my blog! To kick things off, here are Pillars....
Up next were the equally awesome Creeper.
So not only was it a great night of music, but a great night for taking photographs.
It's a change of music genre and venue for me next time. I'm off to the Plymouth Pavillions on the 17th of May to shoot UB40. So as always, keep on eye on my Twitter feed for images posted live from the gig.
On a technical note....
For those of you that follow my blog on a regular basis you will know that I currently shoot with a Nikon D750. I link this to my Nexus 6 tablet so that I can live tweet images of the gigs I'm shooting. I use Google's SnapSeed image editing app to process the JPEG files straight from the camera. This generally works very well and I was glad that they have just released version 2 of the app. This now provides me much better control over the shadows and highlights. These can be challenging areas with gig photography.
While Snapseed 2 is a great improvement I'm also going to start trialing Adobe Lightroom CC. I've always been a big Lightroom user and was always going to upgrade to the next version, but this time I'm going to jump on their subscription based licensing service. This will give me access to Lightroom Mobile on my tablet. It will be interesting to see how this could fit into my workflow. If I can edit the RAW files straight from the camera this should give me a similar level of image quality as I have here, but also when I'm tweeting live. I'll see how my tests get on but this could be an exciting addition to my image workflow.
However my images are processed next time, I look forward to sharing more of my shots right here on the Unplugged Blog!