CONCERT RECAP: 05.01-07.2017

Weekly Concert Recap – May 01-07, 2017

We’re into the 5th month of the year and my goal has been to photograph at least 3 bands a week on top of all the other photography I do. My passion is music photography but I’ve been working as a freelance photographer since July of last year. To make ends meet I assist two wedding studios while running my own photography business for events and even a vintage camera shop.

As many freelancers do, I found the winter months to be rather quiet but shooting season got into full swing last month as I assisted and photographed nearly 20 different events including 8 concerts, 7 weddings, 3 portraits, 2 engagement shoots and a fashion runway. It was a hell of a way to kick of the shooting months and my trigger finger is ready to go.

This month we’re off to a great start at exceeding my 3 show quota; I had Screaming Females  for Aesthetic Magazine, GoldLink and Little Dragon for FridaeTV, A Place To Bury Strangers & The Black Angels for The Photo Ladies Tour Diary and last but not least on Sunday night, Trey Anastasio Band for FridaeTV.

The Difficulties of Lighting:

This is actually a really good example of the difference a GOOD lighting/ lighting guys can make. The first concert was shot with no control on lighting, the other 3 with lighting guys and at the same venue but on different nights. Of course bands have a certain look they’re going for but this is a great example of the differences and difficulties of shooting shows.

Here’s a sneak from all the shows!

Screaming Females – May 2nd, 2017 @ The Garrison
This was a fun show to shoot but a bit difficult. They use spot lighting at The Garrison with fixed colors but uneven distances from the people on stage. Depending on where you space you may be in complete darkness or be perfectly lit like the drummer, haha.
You can check out their music here; http://screamingfemales.com/

GoldLink – May 4th, 2017 @ The Danforth Music Hall
GoldLink opened up for Little Dragon and was a lot of fun to watch. Although the show wasn’t particularly difficult to photograph I wasn’t a fan of the choice of lighting. The stage was set beautifully with these dangling diamonds that give nice depth but the lighting was so flat in comparison it doesn’t do his performance justice.

Little Dragon – May 4th, 2017 @ The Danforth Music Hall
As you can see from some of these images we were still dealing with the single solid color quite a bit but I was much happier with how these turned out. It can be quite difficult to colour correct images as much as you want to sometimes it better to just run with it, or another trick is to convert it to black and white! More photos available at FridaeTV.com.

A Place To Bury Strangers – May 6th, 2017 @ The Danforth Music Hall
I shot this show as part of The Photo Ladies Tour Diary for A Place To Bury Strangers. For the record I had been warned that it was backlight strobe lighting with a lot of fog. I knew I would most get silhouettes but I’m pretty please at how these turned out, I love that you can sometimes see details on the faces and I don’t mind the grain. You’ll be able to see more of these photos at http://www.thephotoladies.com/tpl-tour-diaries/ as soon as the tour is done!

The Black Angels – May 6th, 2017 @ The Danforth Music Hall
I was excited to catch The Black Angels right after, I knew this would be a pretty psychedelic show as their performance was mostly lit by a projector but it led to some pretty neat effects for lighting. I didn’t 

Trey Anastasio Band – May 7th, 2017 @ The Danforth Music Hall
Trey has been recognized for a lot of his work in various bands including PHISH but I had the pleasure to catch the Trey Anastasio Band at The Danforth Music Hall (once again!). The event was sold out and Trey put on a 3 hour show for hardcore fans & concert goers. It was a hot sweaty mess by the time I left but such a great experience! More photos at FridaeTV.com.

Oddly enough looking at them now my favourite photos are from The Screaming Females at The Garrison, although lighting was fixed, it allowed me to focus on composition rather than worrying about whether or not the photo will turn out because of all the moving lights. Often times I find myself waiting longer for the light & the moment rather than just clicking away.

I’d love to know what you think or if you have any questions!

Feel free to comment or e-mail me at shootme@vengenza.ca
Thanks so much for stopping by!

xo
jo

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