Augustman

THE VIEW FROM BEHIND THE LENS An intimate look at the intricacie­s of music photograph­y, from the horse’s mouth himself

- WORDS + PHOTO DOMINIC PHUA/DAYDREAM

AS ENTERTAINM­ENT ASSIGNMENT­S GO, covering a concert by an artiste that’s been on my playlist for the better part of a decade ranks pretty high on the list, and I was (secretly) quite excited to be at the Singapore leg of Jason Mraz’s “Good Vibes” tour, thanks to the folks at Lushington Entertainm­ent.

Personally, music photograph­y has always been an interestin­g pursuit. There’s nothing quite like having the best seats in the house (well, okay, not exactly seats ‒ I was mostly on my knees for this gig so no one will decide to chuck a beer in my direction for blocking their view). So it was cameras at the ready, to visually capture an experience in the space of three songs. For this gig, I was also given a review ticket and could hang out after the assignment to listen to some tunes.

A Primer To Live Music Photograph­y

Being a concert photograph­er is not easy. Most of the time, you only have access to the photograph­y pit for the first three songs before you are required to vacate the area. If you do the math, you really only have about 10 minutes to take as many goodqualit­y photograph­s as possible. And when you consider that you’ll be jousting with other photograph­ers within that small area, it’s even more imperative to have some knowledge of the musician’s style and his preferred lighting.

I generally like to position myself just to the right or left of centre stage, where the musician tends to be performing at. Shooting from a low angle gives the picture a lot of dramatic flair, and looks great whether there are bright lights, such as the one in the picture, or moody lighting. And the key to scoring that coveted spot? In the typical Singaporea­n way, I came early and made myself comfortabl­e. So, if you’ve bought free-standing tickets for a concert and want to score some excellent photograph­s, be kiasu and come early.

If you’ve bought free-standing tickets and want to score excellent photos, be

Mr. A To Z

Shortly after 8.30pm, Jason Mraz bounced onto stage in a patterned jumpsuit and launched into a very familiar ‘You and I

Both’ amidst cheers from an almost full house at the Star Theatre. His older hits really brought the audience to its feet, and the crowd warmly welcomed his guest, Filipino singer Renee Dominique, who joined him midway through the gig. The duo went on to perform ‘Lucky’, and I was reminded of how that song seemed to soundtrack every wedding I’d attended in the two years following its release.

Jason Mraz was in a casual, chill mood throughout the show, and his casual banter was filled with quips and observatio­ns about his personal life and relationsh­ips. It brought the audience on a journey that occasional­ly featured exotic instrument­s, courtesy of his touring band Raining Jane.

Thanks for the memories, Mr. Mraz; I’m going to get my girl some chocolate. AM

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