Shooting a live music gig

Last weekend I had the pleasure of shooting the first live music gig in around a year. I've been so busy with life that I haven't really had a chance to shoot the things I love. 

Facebook reminded me of this gig coming up a couple of days beforehand, so I dropped the band a message. 

Fast forward a few days. I got all my gear ready a few hours before I had to leave. I decided it'd be a good idea to try and throw a video together out of the shoot too. So I've done just that. The video can be found by clicking here.

I arrived at the venue early. So early that the doors wasn't even open yet! Getting in early allows you to have a look around and get a feel for the venue. Walking into the auditorium, I immediately saw there wasn't a photo pit. This isn't much of an issue but it's nice to have a physical barrier between you and potentially drunken fans or people that get a little carried away. But there wasn't one so I knew I just had to be a little more aware of my surroundings.

While waiting for the first band to come on, I formatted my camera, played around with exposure settings and got my focus mode sorted. I ended up shooting most of the gig at ISO 3200, f2.8 and 160th. Ideally, I'd have been at 1/400th, but it wasn't possible.

The first ten minutes were spent shaking off the proverbial cobwebs. Once I felt settled and got a feeling for timings, everything felt natural again.

An issue I had with the first band was the sheer lack of frontal illumination. Most of the light came from the rear of the guys and straight into the front of my lens. It washed out a fair amount of the image unfortunately. Like I say in the video, you deal with what's infront of you. I made the flare etc into creative controlled art.

I made a point to get a decent shot of the drummer (as they get overlooked and forgotten about alot) and the keyboardist. Those guys were hard to shoot too because of their positioning on the stage. Drummer being constantly blocked by moving band members and the keyboardist had very little light on her.  A little persistence and I got a couple of good ones.

The main band were super energetic and the lead singer was moving everywhere! She climbed on the bar behind everyone, jumped off the stage and sang in the crowd and even jumped on the double bassist's guitar!

It was an awesome show and definitely shook those cobwebs! It rekindled my love for shooting live music again too. Expect to see more gig shoots to pop up soon now!