Photographer of the Week:
- What’s in your bag/what gear do you own? What would you like to purchase next?
I currently shoot with a Canon 60d and a 50mm f/1.8. Lately I’ve been collecting vintage cameras so I have a few Polaroids and other film cameras that I sometimes take to shoot with at shows. I would love to purchase my own 24-70mm f/2.8 lens since it’s one I constantly find myself borrowing from friends when it comes to shooting just about anything.
- How long have you been involved with photography? What inspired you to do concert photography?
I’ve been photographing shows for almost two years now. Ever since I was young, I’ve always had an interest in being behind the camera whether it was to film videos or capture images. It wasn’t until my whole taste in music changed that I got more involved with photography and wanted to mix both my love for this music scene and passion for photography.
- Who was the first band/artist you shot?
The first band I ever shot was We Are The In Crowd when they went on tour a few years back with Hey Monday, Cartel, The Ready Set and This Century.
- If you could give any advice to newer concert photographers what would you tell them?
To never give up on shooting even if it feels like you’re going nowhere. I feel like I’m it’s still going to take some time to get to where I want to be with all of this, but I know that someday all this hard work will eventually pay off.
- What did your first time in the pit feel like?
I felt excited yet nervous since I’m pretty much completely self taught and wasn’t sure exactly what I was doing. As I started shooting more I felt more comfortable in the pit I started to enjoy it more.
- What is your dream band/artist to shoot and/or tour with?
I’m so thankful that I’ve had the opportunity to take photos of Jack’s Mannequin before they decided to retire their name since they always were my “dream band” to shoot. But I’d love to someday get the chance to take photos of Passion Pit and Lights.
- 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 edit using a mix of both Photoshop and Lightroom. As for time I take editing each photo it really just depends on the photo itself. I usually start off in Lightroom to make adjustments, and if needed I’ll bring it into Photoshop and finish it up there.
- Do you think you have a particular quality about your photography that sets you apart from other photographers?
I’d like to hope people can tell that a photo is mine just by looking at it, but I’m not really sure if I’ve developed a style that really sets my photos apart from other photographers.
- How do you feel your photography has changed since you first began? Do you expect it to change in the future?
Definitely! I always look back at the first few shows I shot compared to photos that I’ve taken recently and it’s such a difference. I believe that every time I shoot a show my photos improve in some way. My photos and style will probably change in the future and hopefully for the better.
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