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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 [3]. 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

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