Mike ‘Beard Guy’ Taylor Memorial Tribute Concert – Photo Review

Mike "Beard Guy" Taylor Memorial Concert Crowd & Stage

Mike “Beard Guy” Taylor Memorial Tribute Concert
January 13, 2019

On Sunday, Burlington, ON hosted a Memorial Tribute Concert for Mike ‘Beard Guy’ Taylor, keyboardist and vocalist of Walk Off The Earth. He sadly passed away unexpectedly on December 29th, 2018. 

Hundreds of people gathered in Civic Square to honour his memory with his bandmates, friends and family. Brant street and nearby roads were shut down to accommodate the large crowd and Kelly’s Bake Shoppe, located right across the street, generously served free coffee and hot chocolate for all attendees, keeping everyone warm in the cold weather.

Saint Alvia, Darenots, USS, Monster Truck, Scott Helman, Arkells, Barenaked Ladies and Walk Off The Earth all performed touching tributes to their friend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mike "Beard Guy" Taylor Memorial Tribute Concert
Hundreds of people gather at Civic Square in Burlington, ON to honour the life and memory of Mike “Beard Guy” Taylor of Walk Off The Earth

It was an emotional evening. At times you could hear people in the crowd sniffling their tears back. Especially during the incredible video tribute their videographer created in honour of such a talented and inspirational man.

For anyone wondering, I did not have a formal photo pass for the event but it was free and in a public space and I knew it was something I didn’t want to miss. I drove an hour from Toronto to attend and hope to capture some of the special moments and love throughout the evening. I brought my 70-200 2.8 to get close to the stage and 14-24 2.8 to attempt to capture all the people who attended.

All Photography by Joanna Glezakos.
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BTS of Deanna Petcoff’s new single, ‘Stress’ – Directed by Brittpaperscissors

A few weeks back I was invited by the incredibly talented & creative director, Brittany Farhat (@Brittpaperscissors) to assist on the set of Deanna Petcoff’s new music video for her single, ‘Stress’. I was so excited to help out and snagged some behind the scenes sneaks. You can check out how intricate this set Britt designed really was!

 

 

 

 

The art direction was amazing and made me feel a bit nostalgic when I walked on to the set for the first time. It reminded me of my room when I was younger covered in posters and photos of my friends and favourite actors/artists.

 

 

Britt didn’t leave a single detail out, from old books, cameras and knick-knacks on shelves, a vanity covered in make-up, nail polish, necklaces and notes from friends, to mismatched photo frames and even a “Go Away” sticker on the outside of the bedroom door! She put an incredible amount of effort into realizing her vision and it really shows in the video!

 

 

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On Set of Deanna Petcoff’s Music Video for ‘Stress’, Directed by Brittpaperscissors

I hope you liked seeing some of the behind the scenes shots! Now get ready to watch the video and get all the nostalgic feels of being in your teenage bedroom!

Official Music Video for Deanna Petcoff’s Single, Stress.
Director, Producer, Editor – Brittany Farhat (@brittpaperscissors) https://www.brittpaperscissors.com/
Director Of Photography – Alex Tong
Assistant Director – John DuGray
Production Assistants – Joanna Glezakos, Matthew Fong
Art Direction – Brittpaperscissors
Art Department – Matthew Fong, Dan Sadaba, Brittany Farhat
Colourist – Kelly Milligan
Starring “Lizard Dude” performed by Pancake, Buggle (fishy), Molly Henderson, Kasi McAuley, Kailas Cassidy, Victoria Gubiani and Madison Cassidy. Special thanks to Mel Radford, Ildsjel Collective & Michel Fong.

Follow Deanna Petcoff:

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/deanna-petcoff/tracks
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/deannapetcoff/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/deannapetcoffmusic/

 

 

 

 

The Commoners | Portrait Session

Over the last few months I’ve had the pleasure of catching The Commoners perform live a few times and I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited about a new band. I saw them for the first time at The Crooked’s Debut/Release party at Lee’s Palace and I couldn’t contain myself, they’re so captivating when they play. Then I happened to run into them again at Canadian Music Week at a much more intimate performance at Ildsjel in Toronto.

Not only are they extremely talented musicians (I highly recommend you check out their latest video Walkin’ South, it’ll give you chills) but they’ve got a phenomenal stage presence and are the nicest guys you’ll ever meet.
Watch their latest video below & check out the photos from our session!

We headed to Cherry Beach at the start of their session just before sunset. so we got some really nice soft lighting especially since it was an overcast day. I knew we would be walking around quite a bit so I wanted to keep equipment light.
For the most part I used my Nikon D800 and Tamron 24-70mm 2.8 Lens.

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Since Cherry Beach is also home to a rather large unleashed dog park we got a lot of awesome photo bombs which were my favourite part.

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We shot a variety of candid and some posed images but I just asked the guys to be themselves. I like to work like a fly on the wall rather than directing every single movement. I just kept in mind what they wanted to use the images for and we’re lucky that Cherry Beach has such a variety of backgrounds to shoot with that we got a lot of great options.

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Afterwords we headed to Polson Pier nearby, I know it’s where everyone goes but it is a beautiful view of the city so we got creative with the skyline.

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You’ll be able to catch the guys this weekend at Taste of The Danforth on Sunday in Toronto. All the information is available on the Facebook event here.

Thanks for checking these out!

Photography by Joanna Glezakos.
Please do not share to repost without credit.

Third Eye Blind | Summer Gods Tour 06.28.2017

I’ve fallen a little behind on these as concert season has slowed down a bit and wedding season is in full swing but I’m going to try and post them more consistently!

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On Wednesday June 28th, I saw Third Eye Blind at Echo Beach in Toronto. This was a special show for me. The band is on their Summer Gods Tour, celebrating 20 years since their release of their debut, self-titled album, and an album which has meant a lot to me over the last 17 years.

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I was 10, the album had already been out for 3 years but my sister was getting in what I called a “grunge” phase and had picked up this CD from Music World at our local mall. (Shout out to Music World, where I first went to discover new music). She was 16 now and was moving out to live with my dad and was leaving a lot of her stuff behind. So I took it upon myself to take some of what I thought were the cooler items; like her plaid shirts, chain wallet and one CD, because I liked the cover. After she left I finally had a room to myself, after sharing it with her for so many years, I put the CD in the stereo and laid on my bed and listened to it from start to finish.

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It wasn’t until I saw that same album performed live 17 years later that I realized what a pivotal moment that was for me. This band and that album changed the music I listened to and started the mould of the person I’d become. Their music got me through some of the toughest times and songs like Semi-Charmed Life and Jumper would be on playlists for years to come. The friends and memories made to these songs are unforgettable. When my car stereo died last year and all it would play was CD’s from start to finish, it was the first album I grabbed. It’s practically perfect, I have so many favourites it would be easier to say the only song I didn’t like at first was London but even that has grown on me.  The Background, Narcolepsy, God of Wine, Motorcycle Drive By… seriously, so many good ones.

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I was eagerly anticipating this show. Keeping my fingers crossed for months because I didn’t want to miss it. Luck was on my side and our approval came through! I arrived at Ontario Place, memories from my childhood flood back, despite it being a shell of what it once was. I got my pass and we were escorted to the pit through the anxious crowd. They range from 20 to 40 somethings eagerly awaiting the forthcoming wave of 90’s nostalgia.

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We got in the pit and a big black curtain gets raised in front of the stage. The music begins and lights cast silhouettes of the band as they take the stage on the raised platform behind the black veil. The curtain drops as they open with Weightless as Stephan’s suit lights up with the beat of the music. The best part was they didn’t play any songs from their first album until after I got out of the pit so I could watch the whole show and sing my heart out to every word.

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I almost wish we were allowed to photograph the whole show, even from the crowd. The lighting was so much better during the latter half of their set. The raised platform was actually covered in LED’s and THIRDEYEBLIND appeared in giant lights behind them, plus the CN tower was in the background! I still can’t believe how many people there were, and so many singing along to every word of the songs. I was pretty far back but I still enjoyed every minute of it. I haven’t been to a show like that in a long time. It reminded me of when I was a teenager waiting to see my favourite bands and experiencing that euphoria all over again. I took some videos but unfortunately WordPress won’t allow me to upload them, i’ll try and put them up on youtube and maybe link them below.

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Seeing them live after so long sort of brought things full circle for me. I laughed, I cried and had one of the best nights of my life. I honestly can’t express what It was like to see them and this album performed live for the first time.

Thank you Third Eye Blind, for everything.

All photography by myself, Joanna Glezakos. Please do not share or post without proper credit.

xo

jo

Finding your own path…

So I actually started writing this blog a year ago but never had the guts to finish it. Who was I to say anything about jumping into the world of freelance photography when I had only just leaped. I left it but never deleted it thinking maybe one day I’d come back to it and here I am. The original blog I wrote a year ago with a few revisions.

Like many people I know 2015 was kind of shitty and I spent much of 2016 rebuilding myself, growing and learning. I want to start off by thanking everyone who has played a part in helping me through the last two years and anyone who has supported my crazy dreams. For real though, it was a team effort. I had spent countless nights contemplating selling all my gear and finding a new path.  But I couldn’t forget about the countless hours and effort I had already put in working on my craft. Breaking into the freelance world for any artist is terrifying and daunting task but it’s worth the jump.

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In 2012, I had graduated with a BFA in Photography and spent the last 5 years trying to juggle working full or part-time jobs and a freelance career that seemed like it would never take off. I was tired of watching others grow while I felt like I was standing still. So when the opportunity arose for a paid trip to Greece for 1 month, I had to take it.  I worked part-time in retail at the time and I would be leaving during peak season so the choice would come with a consequence. I wouldn’t be able to leave my position during one of the busiest times of the year fir that long but at this point I knew what I had to do. As much as I enjoyed working there, how often would I be asked to shoot a wedding in Greece, and spend a month travelling for free? I was extremely excited and nervous at the same time. I knew I didn’t want to come back and work retail again but I didn’t have many freelance gigs lined up so I didn’t know how I would pay my bills. As terrifying as it was, I knew this was a chance to clear my mind and figure out where to go from there.

I knew full well I was leaving with no safety net to return to. I grabbed my camera and with $100 in my pocket and a willingness to live life as it came I boarded the plan with hopes of remembering what I loved about shooting in the first place.

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And boy, was it worth it.

I explored the streets of Athens, Perama, Porto Xeli and Mani for a month. New places and places I remembered from my childhood. This was my 4th time back since I was 6 years old but my first time taking it all in from behind the lens. It was nice not feeling like a tourist, although I know I looked out of place with my big camera I still felt at home. I photographed a wedding and a baptism while I was there (I don’t think I’ve ever been so nervous) and had lined up a few more shoots for when I got back. The time to clear my mind had worked and I knew what I wanted to focus on.

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Photographers often talk about a moment. Capturing the moment. The moment it clicks. The decisive moment. The moment where intuition and spontaneity meet. It’s a gut reaction we have to a fleeting moment. We have the need to capture that thing, exactly as it is, in that exact spot, at that exact time because it will never be the same ever again. This is why I had grabbed a camera. Because images by masters like Weegee and Henri Cartier Bresson are imprinted in my brain. A photograph, is the only thing that has ever left me speechless. That is my only goal as a photographer, to capture moments that evoke emotion. 

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I had seen it at least a dozen times, people losing their drive, from classmates to coworkers and that’s what was happening to me. Maybe it’s because of a poor education system, an unfulfilling job or a detrimental relationship that has you doubting yourself, but whatever the reason, we are our own worst critics. And that’s when I realised I had to change my train of thought. I always believed I had to have another job just in case my photography didn’t do well. But I wasn’t even giving myself a chance, my time and attention were constantly divided, I was a mess. So this trip was a blessing in disguise.

A year later I can truly say you have to give your dreams a chance or they’ll never have the opportunity to flourish. Can you really say you gave it your all if you give up?

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On top of my own event photography, I assist wedding studios on the weekends (which takes up a lot of my social time, sorry friends) and am able to set my schedule to revolve around my music photography. Being able to work for myself has given me the chance to focus on improving my skills, take on creative shoots and pursue greater tasks.

I know it sounds cliche but Alexander Graham Bell once said “When one door closes another door opens.” And it did.

Don’t get me wrong, this ain’t all peaches and cream, there’s still a lot to learn, But I’m only just getting started and I’m so excited for the challenge.

No matter what path you’re on in life, what I’ve learned is that you have to be your own cheerleader. There are enough people in this world who will think and speak poorly of you, so why are you adding yourself to that list? Positivity is infectious so surround yourself will people who support you.

If it wasn’t for finding The Photo Ladies, joining their community last year and seeing all these inspirational woman and amazing photographers pursuing their dreams, I may have never thought I could do it.

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My hope for all of you for the remainder of 2017 is to have the courage to pursue your dreams. Figure out what you’re passionate about, find your drive and when you do, don’t let it die. Make the jump, trust yourself and your abilities. Once you believe in yourself, you open yourself up to greater opportunities each and every day. Never doubt the time and effort you have put into perfecting your craft. They say it takes 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to excel in your field, so why give up now?

Thank you for reading this, despite being super wordy & cheesy I hope you enjoyed and I hope you find whatever it is that makes you happy.

Concert Recap: 05.22-28.2017

I managed to shoot two shows this past week! Still not my three show goal, but getting better! Plus Concerts are picking up for the summer and I’m shooting for more publications so hopefully that means more approvals. So keep your fingers crossed for me! So lets dive right in!

Brothers Of North, May 24th, 2017 @ The Phoenix Concert Theatre

I forgot how much I like this venue, it’s where I attended my first punk/rock concert, MXPX, I believe in 2002 and then the first show I ever photographed, Mindless Self Indulgence in 2007. The Phoenix is a decent sized venue and wasn’t too crowded which was nice considering there was no photo pit. I brought my long lens with me and mostly shot from the crowd. I love having the ability to roam around cause that way you can find the best angles for depth/composition instead of being confined to the 4 feet in front of the stage and super bonus you’re not shooting up people’s noses.

The show started with Dylan Hennessy, a solo singer-songwriter/artist who beatboxes & uses a loop pedal during his performance. He puts on a pretty amazing show and I encourage you to check out more of his music here.

Next up was another Toronto band, Blackie Jackett Jr, who may look a little familiar to you as they are the guitarists from Finger Eleven, James Black and Rick Jackett joined by Sandra Dee and Jimmy Reid. This is the second time I’ve seen them and they put on the best shows. They’ll get you dancing even if you don’t like country music. Their crude lyrics had everyone laughing and they’re really fun to watch so I’d recommend seeing them if you get a chance!

Last but not least was Brothers of North. Love, love, loved their LED panel in the background. It added depth to the images and made for really nice compositions. To be honest I hadn’t head of these guys before but I’m glad i did, they’ve got a really great sound, really catchy tunes and were a ton of fun to watch. They’ve got new music coming out this year so keep an eye out for em!
USS, May 25th, 2017 @ Mill St. Brew Hall for #GreaterTorontoDay

On May 25th, Toronto celebrated #GreaterTorontoDay, an initiative to make the GTA better by doing simple acts of kindness. USS Performed free mini acoustic concerts across the city including Mill St. Brew Hall in The Distillery District. To be honest this was a bit boring to shoot since there was no additional lighting on them during their performance, so I focused more on their reactions. But  They’re such nice guys, before and after their set they hung out and talked to people and even bought a round for everyone in the bar! T

Once again, I’d love to hear what you think or if you have any questions feel free to leave a comment. Thanks for stopping by!

xo
jo

Concert Recap: 05.15-21.2017

Hey guys! I’m back and on track! Somewhat. haha! So this week was a little slow for shows, I’ve been shooting quite a few portraits lately that I can’t wait to show you guys but I’ve had to keep them on the DL. I’ve also been up to my knees in weddings, I assist two studios along with shooting my own events but these images are shared on those respective sites so this weeks recap will be short but sweet.

I was truly hoping to shoot Bush on Thursday but alas approval didn’t come through. But on the plus side, it did for Tokyo Police Club so I can’t complain!

Tokyo Police Club, May 18th, 2017 @ The Danforth Music Hall

Lighting was actually pretty nice tonight at The Danforth Music Hall plus I got to see my photo lady friend Veronique who also shoots for 102.1 The Edge. The night was sponsored by Mott’s Clamato to celebrate National Caesar Day. They handed out free samples of their new Pickled Bean flavour and it wasn’t half bad. I’m a fan of Caesar’s though and I know they’re not for every one. I entered the venue and they had big Mott’s Clamato Logo’s projected on the walls which I thought was a nice touch. The show was great and they played their classics along with some new songs.

Unfortunately there were no more shows this week as I spent 39 hours this weekend shooting weddings and I was so exhausted I practically slept till Tuesday. I hope you enjoyed these though, I’m quite happy with how they turned out. More photos at FridaeTV.

Thanks for stopping by! And once again I’d love to hear what you think! Were you at the show? Anyone have a cool experience?

xo
jo

P.S I also learned in the USA they don’t have caesar’s, but Bloody Mary’s which are made with Tomato juice. I had to explain to someone that our Clamato juice has clams (hence the name) and that’s what makes it that more delicious (sorry vegetarian’s).

Concert Recap : 05.08-14.2017

I am a little delayed posting the concert recap for the week of May 5th to 14th since I’m also knee deep in wedding season so I apologies! This past weekend alone spent 39 hours shooting so I am pooped! I’ve also shot a few portrait sessions with musicians/producers so I’ve been spending most of my time editing these but I’m happy to be back in action.
This week’s events included a Tito & Marlon Jackson, Laura Marling, I Prevail, 102.1 The Edge’s Secret Thing with Royal Blood and The Prism Prize Awards. It was quite a mix of events but a ton of fun to shoot.

Tito & Marlon Jackson, May 5th, 2017 @ Yonge & Dundas Square

I got my a text on Sunday night asking if I could shoot at Yonge and Dundas square the next day, I saw a glimpse of the name “Jackson” but thought nothing of it.
The next morning I headed to Yonge and Dundas Square in the heart of Toronto to photograph some sort of event, a live show or perhaps a meet & greet and with whom I didn’t know. I arrived early but the square was filled with fences covering up construction and there didn’t seem to be much of anything happening at all. I found a security guard nearby who knew less than I did! I quickly texted my contact and we were able to connect and she filled me in. Tito, Marlon and Jackie Jackson were all scheduled to appear for a special meet & greet with fans as a publicity stunt for their show coming up on June 9th at Rebel.  Tito and Marlon were the only ones that made an appearance but fans were excited to get photos and autographs here are some of my favourite shots from the event. More at FridaeTV.

 

Laura Marling, May 10th, 2017 @ The Danforth Music Hall

The stage was set beautifully with flowers draped from every stand. The lights dimmed and Laura appeared from stage right. From the left, a stage hand brought out her guitar, she slung it over her shoulder and smiled sheepishly. She approached the mic stand, with the first few notes I was blown away. She sings with such sadness and beauty my heart began to melt. Truly and old soul trapped in a young body. More photos available at FridaeTV.

Starset & I Prevail, May 11th, 2017 @ The Danforth Music Hall

The following night, the Danforth hosted a completely different set of concert goers with Starset & I Prevail. Starset’s performance was a lot of fun. They had brought their own LED panels, lighting and smoke rigs and the guitarists wear space suits with LED’s synced to the music for a really spectacular performance. My only qualm would be the DJ stand in the middle of the stage which made it really hard to get a group shot from the pit but I managed to get up to the balcony to get what I wanted. As the stage was cleared the crowd cheered “I Prevail, I Prevail”. The lights dimmed and the crowd erupted, overall a great performance by both bands. Being in the mosh pit reminded me of going to shows when I was younger since I haven’t been to something like that in a while. More photos at Aesthetic Magazine.

102.1 The Edge Secret Thing #3, May 12th, 2017 @ The Velvet Underground

This was the 3rd Secret Thing local radio station 102.1 The Edge hosted; This was really exciting to shoot since the performers were unannounced and you could only win your way in. I arrived at the venue for 7:15pm to meet Hayley and we headed inside. There was a buzz in the air and most people seemed to have an idea of who was going to play but I remained clueless. I had my hopes of who it would be since I was on an Arkells kick lately but as soon as they let us into the pit I quickly realized it was not. Taped to the floor was a set list with “Royal Blood” on the top and guitar picks sticking out of the mic stand with their name on it as well. Shout out to 102.1 for being able to keep it quiet for so long! I think the secret may have leaked earlier in the week as well but I was oblivious. I hadn’t been that excited for a show in a long time and I had a really great time. More photos at FridaeTv.

Prism Prize Awards, May 14th, 2017 @ TIFF Bell Lightbox

To change things up on Sunday night I photographed the Prism Prize Award show including some behind the scenes in the Green Room during interviews. It was pretty fun to do something a bit different than a live show. The Prism Prize is a national, juried award established to recognize the artistry of the modern music video in Canada.  After the pre-show interviews in the Green Room we headed to a theatre and watched the awards. See the photos for some of the award winners & check out the prism prize website for more. It was pretty inspiring to see such amazing Canadian talent in one place and I’m very grateful for the experience. More photos are available at Aesthetic Magazine.

Phewf. Alright, I’m going to try and keep this more up to date!
Thanks for checking out my weekly concert recap! I’d love to hear what you think or if you have any questions.

xo
jo

Concert Photography 101

I know the thought of concert photography excites a lot of people so I figured I’d answer some questions I’m frequently asked on how I do what I do. Concert photography definitely isn’t the easiest to capture; you’re on a 3 song time limit, you have to be prepared for all types of lighting and sometimes you’re put in tight situations.

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Underoath | Photo by Joanan Glezakos | http://www.vengenza.ca

General Info & Code of Conduct

  1. The Photo Pit, often a small section in front of the stage is barricaded off from concert goers to allow photographers the room to shoot with a clear view. There is a strict time limit to make sure we don’t block the paying concert goers for too long.
  2. 3 Songs, No Flash. Whether you’re new to concert photography or you’ve been doing it a while you’ve probably heard this rule. This is the standard rule for any show unless you’re shooting on behalf of the band themselves, respect it. Your flash distracts from the concert goers experience and interferes with other photographer’s images so don’t be selfish.
  3. Do not share photographs of your credentials, whether it’s a personalized pass, sticker that says “photo” or even your wristband, you’re creating security risks for future events & you’ve worked hard for those credentials, why give them away?
  4. Share the pit. We’re all there for the same reason so if you’re not the only photographer that night and you find a great spot, get your shot & move on. Also, Stop putting your arms up and getting in other photographers photos.

 

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Mayday ParadePhoto by Joanna Glezakos | http://www.vengenza.ca

Venue Access Areas and Limitations

Sometimes when shooting at a venue you may run into a few rules on top of the 3 songs, no flash including but not limited to;

  1. No photo pit. In this case you’re either left to fend for yourself in the crowd or they’ll ask you to shoot from the sound board.  Tips for shooting from a crowd, arrive early to get a spot near the front or bring a long lens.
  2. Balcony/VIP. Some venues have balconies and sometimes with a media pass they will allow you to go into these sections so you can get some neat angles. You never know unless you ask, and even if they say no you’re in the same position you were before!
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Brand New | Photo by Joanna Glezakos 2016 | http://www.vengenza.ca

Camera Settings

  1. I begin with my aperture, I love a nice bokeh so I shoot at f2.8, 99.9% of the time. I don’t like to shoot wide open at 1.4 although I have lenses capable of that only because your focus can be slightly off and I prefer a sharper image & I also find details can easily get blown own with an aperture that wide.
  2. I have two rules of thumbs for shutter speed, 1/60th is the minimum speed I shoot handheld and 1/200th if I want to make sure I capture motion shots. Sometimes even 1/200th of a second isn’t fast enough for hair flips so use this as a starting point.
  3. At this point you’re able to adjust your ISO accordingly & don’t be afraid to go up if you need to. I prefer a grainy image than a blurry image.
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Fast Shutter Speed – USS | Photo by Joanna Glezakos 2017 | http://www.vengenza.ca
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Shallow DOF & Fast Shutter – Digital Dreams 2016 | By Joanna Glezakos | http://www.vengenza.ca

Lighting 

  1. Fixed Spot Lights: These are the easiest to work with and will find them in small bars/venues/clubs. When you have fixed lighting you can usually set your exposure after a single test shot and shoot based on when your subject is best lit. This can be frustrating but will teach you about patience, it’s all about waiting for the right moment.
  2. Moving/Colour Changing Spot Lights: You’ll find these lights at most medium to large concert venues, with moving and colour changing lights you’ll find your camera’s light meter jumping all around. In cases like this I would use auto-ISO not to have to worry about my exposure when I’m focusing on the moments and my composition.
  3. LED Lighting: This is relatively new and I’ve only seen it in a few venues but a lot of bands now will even bring their own LED light panels to a show for audio synced lighting effects. It’s really cool but LED’s don’t sync well with your camera’s sensors. LED’s flicker so if your shutter speed is too fast you’ll get stripes across your images.
  4. The dreaded Block Red & Blue Lighting: I don’t know if this is official term but I’ve heard it on some of the photographer groups so I’m gonna use it. This is when all the lights all turn one colour, our camera sensors are particularly very sensitive to red and blue so if you ever find yourself in a situation like this, lower your ISO! You might not be able to correct the colours but you’ll at least get the details of your subject and it can lead to some cool effects.
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Block Red Lighting – Little Dragon | Photo by Joanna Glezakos 2017 | http://www.vengenza.ca
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LED Lighting – Adam Gontier | By Joanna Glezakos 2016| http://www.vengenza.ca

So that’s it! I hope you’ve found these tips helpful. I’d love to know what you think, feel free to leave a comment below or e-mail me at shootme@vengenza.ca

Thanks so much for your time! If you’d like to see more, follow along on my photo adventures on instagram, @VENGENZAFOTOS.

xo jo