My Live Music Photography 2017

At the end of last year, I kept coming across the same problem again and again with the magazine. I couldn't find any decent imagery to accompany our live reviews. I couldn't find a decent available photographer nor could I source any good free imagery. After too many naff phone pictures and bad free imagery, I felt like this was really letting the magazine, the brand and the writer down.

So, rather than paying licencing fees that I just can't afford, I picked up a camera myself. Though, I knew it wouldn't be easy to just point a camera and hope to capture the perfect image. I have an A Level in photography and know that even after two years of studying, it isn't enough to make me a great photographer. It takes experience and time to find your own style.

Finding myself down in the photographer's pit, I felt like a fraud. Most had two cameras or huge lenses. I had one camera and only a basic knowledge of aperture and shutter speed. I persevered and asked the photographers for advice and guidance. I made mood boards of the images I loved and studied how to edit.

After a year, I'm not sure I'm even close to where I want to be. And I'm not saying that I'd call myself a live music photographer. But as the year ends, it's good to look back at how much I've progressed. I found that I loved black and white imagery, along with pastel tones. I enjoyed capturing the dramatic movements and the way the frontmen or women would look out into the crowd. Looking back, I see how I've gone from a slightly blurry image to something I'm proud to share.

Let me know what you think in the comments below, or share your own portfolio. I always love seeing other people's work.

Tyketto, January 26th
Marco Mendoza, February 13th

Camden Rocks Festival, 4th June

Penetration, October 26th

Brian Downey, November 25th


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