Get ready to rock
Gig photography is challenging, with constantly changing light of all colours, very low light, and often fast-moving performers. Flash is a big no-no, and I sometimes have to shoot as high as ISO10000, but my Nikon D3s is perfect for this type of work. My go-to lenses are my 2470mm f/2.8 and my 70-200mm f/2.8. I would love to add the 300mm f/2.8 prime when I can, and also the 14-24mm f/2.8.
I usually shoot in shutterpriority mode, setting the speed to 1/200 sec and altering the ISO as required. I can do this almost blindfolded now, and one tip I would give anyone starting off in gig photography would be to get to know your camera’s controls, so that when you have to change something quickly it’s second nature.
I’ve been lucky enough to photograph events such as the Africa Oyé Festival Liverpool and Liverpool International Music Festival. I’ve photographed performers including The Charlatans, Texas, Soul II Soul, The Christians and Bruce Foxton . My ambition is to go on tour with a major band as the official photographer. That would be a dream come true – photography, music and the rock’n’roll life!
03 Bruce Foxton of From The Jam The Stu dio, Widnes Nikon D3s, Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED FX, 1/200 sec, f/4.5, ISO8000