Photographer of the Week:
Not only is Amy a wonderful photographer, she works for well-known publications including AP Magazine and BAMF Media!
- What’s in your bag/what gear do you own? What would you like to purchase next?
I shoot with a Nikon D90 and most always my 50mm f 1.4 lens. I also own a 18-55mm and a 55-200mm lenses. I would love to buy a 24-70 f 2.8
- How long have you been involved with photography? What inspired you to do concert photography?
I’ve been seriously involved with photography since my junior year of high school (4 years ago) when I got my DSLR. I’ve been interested in photography since elementary school when I started playing around with little point and shoot cameras. I’ve loved music since I was in 3rd grade and got my first CD (Hanson - Middle of Nowhere, by the way! Haha). I started going to shows my senior year of high school, and I always wanted to be able to take photos. Seeing photographers up in the photo pit and knowing I couldn’t be there killed me! Luckily, I started working for a media site at the end of my freshman year of college.
- Who was the first band/artist you shot?
The first show I photographed was the Yellowcard and Good Charlotte co-headlining tour during summer 2011, with Runner Runner supporting. It was really exciting since Yellowcard is one of my favorite bands, and I loved both Yellowcard and Good Charlotte when I was younger.
- What did your first time in the pit feel like?
My first time in the pit I was scared I was going to completely blow it and not get any good shots. I was lucky that before the show I had talked to a few girls who were also shooting, so I was comforted to have some new friends there. It was a little overwhelming at first, but once I got into shooting, it was so fun. It helped that it was a nice large photo pit and the venue had great lighting.
- What is your dream band/artist to shoot and/or tour with?
I would really love to photograph Paramore. I’ve been a fan since the start and they have such amazing energy on stage. I think it’d be really fun to tour with Lady Danville. They’re really cool guys and they’re so talented. Same for fun. - really awesome guys, and they put on such a great show. If I could go back and tour with bands that don’t exist anymore, I’d say Jack’s Mannequin or The Format.
- Do you edit your photos? If so, what software do you use and how much time and effort do you put into your editing?
Yes, I do edit my photos. I use Camera Raw in Adobe Bridge CS5, and I use Photoshop CS5. I make a lot of effort to correct color of the musicians in my photos, or to put them in a black and white with good contrast and tones. Depending on the lighting, this can take just a few seconds, or 10 minutes or so. I’m getting a lot better at finding new and more efficient ways to correct color so skin tones don’t look so awful from the stage lighting. Also, I’ll sometimes fix things like lens flare, or dust spots in the image, if they’re present.
- How do you feel your photography has changed since you first began? Do you expect it to change in the future?
I feel like my photography has definitely improved since I began. I photographed my first show in June 2011 and I’m glad I’ve gotten better since then. I feel like my photography may change a little bit as time goes on as I fall more into my own style.
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