A set from my second event at The O2 Arena – this time Olly Murs plus guests.
This was the first event I’ve been to with a runway of sorts. We were warned initially that we’d have to stay at the front as pyrotechnics would be going off towards the back of the stage. Alas I missed photographing them going off – Boo! I just had my camera down for a fraction of a second.
At the O2 – you can’t take your camera bag into the arena – you have to leave it back stage. Last time I had a lens bag on my belt but I forgot it this time. A lot of photographers often have two bodies, especially from the main agencies – but I can’t justify that. The lens case I use for these things doesn’t really work well – belt loop too low on it – so I might look to buy some alternative option.
Olly Murs show was a great spectacle – great stage lighting/ background graphics.
Ella Eyre was great – struck me as a cross between Amy Winehouse and Lauryn Hill. listening to her on Spotify -0 sounds very Amy Winehouse but then there are lots of Housy remixes.
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Last week I covered a last minute gig as another photographer couldn’t cover it. Headliners was Carl Barât (of The Libertines) & The Jackals. Was at Scala which I usually enjoy – but on this ocassion it was really tricky – Scala has a pit but is quite narrow. Usually it’s fine with 3 or 4 of us – but on this occasion there were 8-9 of us! Also lighting was really dark and the odd pint would get chucked over!.
Carl Barât & The Jackals
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Another gig at Dingwalls.
A previous gig there was VERY hard for me – there was lots of back-lighting, I was told that I could use flash – but I’d taken my flash out of the bag that morning! ha fail. Since then the flash has stayed in the bag even though I don’t expect to use it. Dingwalls has no pit – but this time the crowd were a lot easier to move through.
That previous gig was a metal one – this was quite different – what I guess you could call Indie Folk rock.
Although musicians might not like comparisons – I think it’s a natural thing to do – and in that respect – the tracks that Hunter and the Bear have on spotify are quite in vein with Mumford and Sons – however live I found them to be much more up-tempo. The fully acoustic song they did – a rendition of “Wounded” ( for a friend of theirs who had been taken ill (but is getting better) ) to a silent club was seriously emotionally beautiful – verging on tear-jerking. I took a couple of photos of them all standing away from mics – but then put the camera away as everybody else had. As it turned out – the lights weren’t great for that shot anyway.
Support was Rothwell – a lovely singer songwriter solo artist. I usually find that soloists don’t keep the attention of the crowd – but she did a great job.
Hunter and the Bear
Haven’t put all my Gig Photography sets of late – been a tad busy, but thought I’d put this one up.
Continues the run of metal/rock events at the Roundhouse.
In the past I’ve said how much I enjoy photographing gigs here – lighting is usually great, or good at least, and there’s a decent sized pit. On this occasion though there was a LOT of smoke for the support act – The London Souls, combined with LOTS of blue lighting. Took a fair bit of tweaking both in camera Raw and in Photoshop to stop those shots from being a washed out blue mess.
London Souls were good – only a guitarist and drummer. He has amazing skill and reminds me of Hendrix (an analogy many people have likely made – on skill alone ignoring the hair). Alas the songs they have on Spotify don’t really reflect this. I couldn’t help think that it would have been better – a more full sound with more musicians.
The London Souls
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A video (not mine or from this show) showing some great London Souls music:
A few photos from last nights Placebo gig at Hammersmith (Eventim) Apollo.
The last time I was there we had to shoot from the back as it was an all seater event – but on this occasion there was a barrier/pit so shot from there. Lighting was a little tricky – a spot pointing down at Brian Molko from a steep angle most of the songs we could shoot (only 2) – which meant out of camera the face was very bright and the rest very dark. Also did no favours with shadow in the eye sockets – but you have to go with what you’re given.
The Mirror Trap
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So photographed my largest gig to date last Tuesday, bar previous festivals of course – so my largest indoor venue at least.
Photographed Spandau Ballet at The O2 arena.
Was a good experience – however I think it didn’t have the impact it once may have since I’ve been doing gigs for a fair while.
I’d say there were approx fifteen photographers in the pit. Decent size although could been a little deeper – it was only enough for approx three people deep. So sometimes it wasn’t possible to get/pass to the optimal position.
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My third evening in a week at Roundhouse (Friday last week) !
Was a lot quieter this time – relatively – only five photographers in the pit and no security (at the side instead) rather than Thursday’s fourteen photographers + security!
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So this was my Friday night – covering a gig of Kid Creole & The Coconuts supported by Stony Browder Jnr who’s Kid Creole (real name Thomas August Darnell Browder) son.
From Wiki: “Their breakthrough came with 1982’s Tropical Gangsters, which hit #3 in the UK and spun off three Top 10 hits with “Stool Pigeon”, “Annie, I’m Not Your Daddy” and “I’m a Wonderful Thing, Baby”. “Dear Addy” also made the Top 40″
Stony Browder Jnr
Kid Creole & The Coconuts
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Just a quick little set of yesterday’s shoot – Rebecca Ferguson performing her new album Lady Sings The Blues live for the ﬁrst time. Venue was tiny – four of us photographers at the back row. Standard stuff – 3 songs, no flash, then out. Should have asked to stay – she sounded wonderful – just didn’t think as the place seemed full.
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Another year another SWPP trade fair…..
Hope you all had an enjoyable Christmas/Holidays/New Year etc etc. I’m not one for new years resolutions (I believe that if something is worth doing – it’s worth starting now) so will get straight into standard posting.
The SWPP or as it is now called “The Societies” Convention is a standard fixture in January.
SWPP was/is the Society for Wedding and Portrait Photographers.
The convention is part training event/convention part trade fair. I have only really gone to the trade fair part (which is free) and not the rest – training courses, portfolio reviews, etc which are paid.
For the free Trade Fair – registered by Sunday 10th January 2015 after this time it is £6.00.
Full Convention: 14-18 Jan 2015 (Wed-Sun)
Trade Fair: 16-18 Jan 2015 (Fri-Sun)
Hilton London Metropole, Edgware Road, London, W2 1JU
I’d say the Trade fair is “Ok”. It has grown in recent years but isn’t anywhere close to the size of Focus on Imagine / “The Photography Show” held in Birmingham NEC. Still – there is a mix of things there – equipment manufacturers, training courses, accessory suppliers and so forth but a cut-down version.
I’d say that there is a significant percentage of album/print suppliers showing at the trade fair – but since the Society/show has it’s roots in wedding photography – it’s understandable. This just may not be of interest to some (such as myself).
There are some free demo/training courses at or around the trade fair – however these are most likely to be biased at software or equipment the stalls are trying to sell and may be overly busy. One year there was one free seminar area. This year Adobe seem to have a seminar room which sounds like it’s free. See the Free Demo links below.
Some additional info:
Trade Show Exhibitors: http://www.swpp.co.uk/convention/exhibitors/
(Canon is there but no Nikon – as previous years)
Ticket/Registration form (Free and paid) : https://swpp.co.uk/secure/conventionform.htm
Location Seminars: http://www.swpp.co.uk/convention/2015/Location.htm
Business School: http://www.swpp.co.uk/convention/2015/BusinessSchool.htm
I’m not sure what the difference is between a Superclass and Masterclass – it looks like duration – Superclass is half a day while Masterclass is an hour and a half.
Another gig – my first time at Brixton Academy photographing other than club nights.
Nice big pit but a tad on the cold side of things. Happy I managed to get a shot of Rise Against front man going into the crowd!
Lighting was a bit dark and the singer’s cap didn’t help
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Once again it’s that time of year where the excellent Modern Panic art exhibition is on.
As per before – I had the pleasure to attend the opening event and take photos there.
I have a few friends that are exhibitors there.
It’s a great show and I would highly advise taking a look. As well as the original art – some exhibitors have prints on sale. If I had a big house I’d buy so much from this show!
OPEN TO PUBLIC:
SAT 8TH – SUN 16TH NOV 2014
11am – 7pm | £3 Admission | Support The Arts
Apiary Studios, Hackney Road
458 Hackney Road, E2 9EG London, United Kingdom
Modern Panic links:
Links of some exhibitor friends:
Also includes some photos of MisSa Blue’s performance
A new venue for me tonight – both in terms of photography and in any way – club/gig/etc
Alas – yet another where there was lots of back lighting in one set of colours and lots of smoke. Although thankfully there was a bit more subject lighting. RAW files help a huge amount in editing club photos as you can correct people’s colour tones a little. Although in this set there were instances that the light and therefore skin was so blue/pink etc that Camera Raw would only change it so much. I think some DNG converters can push the colour change further.
I may look to using a custom white balance in future gigs rather than auto. SHame you can’t name them in my camera else I might use names such as gig:blue, gig:red, etc.
Spotify: Shannon Saunders
Kyla La Grange
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What was supposed to be my second of four in the week but is actually first as the gig at Heaven club was postponed.
I like the setup at Scala – there’s a mini pit but us photographers can also stand at the side and enjoy the gig too.
The lighting for the headliners (The Coronas) wasn’t so good though – lots of back-lighting, smoke and strobes. FOr photography purposes it could have really done with more lighting on the band.
Enjoyed both bands.
Spotify: The Carnabys
Spotify : The Coronas
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Another gig job.
This time at Koko (London) last week.
Unusually there were two support acts – Panamo Wedding + Farao.
Here’s some Spotify links for you:
Dan Croll himself was a bit tricky to photograph as he has rather a large microphone and often would stay very close to it.
Ok – so I’ve not had cause to go to central London much, even though I’ve moved office to Farringdon which technically is fairly central. But I mean to shop etc.
Also not seen this on any photography blogs – which I read plenty of.
Anyway – Seems that Park Cameras have opened a new shop in Central London. It’s actually been there since December! Shall have to pay a visit when I’m next in town.
53-54 Rathbone Place
Monday: 10.00am – 6.30pm
Tuesday: 10.00am – 6.30pm
Wednesday: 10.00am – 6.30pm
Thursday: 10.00am – 7.30pm
Friday: 10.00am – 6.30pm
Saturday: 10.00am – 6.30pm
Sunday: 12.00pm – 5.30pm
I only noticed when checking out the shops that Manfrotto would have their event days at.
Here’s a quick set from my friend Jess’ press event for her gallery opening.
Jess is combining an exhibition of her artwork using textile sculpture and a charity event : “#bigswingingovaries is an exhibition, exploring and incorporating art, feminism and recycling.” during World Woman’s Day.
Last night was the press event but tonight is the official opening.
You can find further details here : http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/big-swinging-ovaries
Here’s a video she’s made
And my photos, using my old backup camera as the shiny D800 is in for a repair.
Continuing my newish personal project of doing location or environmental portraits of my friends with interesting jobs or hobbies – here’s the second.
This is my lovely friend Jess De Wahls – she’s both an artist and a hair stylist. My intention is to do two shoots with her – this first one at her salon at Soho Theatre in London and then the second will be in her art studio. I have a couple of friends who I might do two shoots with – I know an interesting bunch of people and love it.
We did this shoot after decorating her studio with artwork from various friends of hers after it was newly decorated. There are even two prints of mine there amongst the others. It’s certainly worth a look.
Because of the space available and travelling on public transport I used speedlights on this occasion. One significant challenge was the mirrors and pictures in the studio – was quite a job to take photos without having too much reflection of the lights – or even myself in the mirrors or glass. Would have liked to do different angles and sides of the salon and maybe even her at work doing someone’s hair but unfortunately it wasn’t possible at the time.
You can contact Jess for a haircut (or art) via:
One extra tidbit of information – Jess and I share a birthday! We’ve joined forces on birthday celebrations more than once. Oh and yes Jess has cut my hair 🙂
Just a quick head’s up about the upcoming SWPP (now renamed “The Societies” Convention/trade fair in London in January.
The Convention (Where there are classes etc) is on 15-20th Jan
The Trade fair is on 17-19 Jan.
The Trade fair is free if you register to go before 24th December. There are a few talks for free at the fair – but they’re mostly sponsored by manufacturers trying to sell their equipment.
With the sad demise of Focus on Imaging trade fair this is actually one of the largest Photography fairs around now. Is a shame as Focus on Imaging was so much larger and a much more open space.
As such the SWPP is one of the few photography shows where you can walk around and geek out at photography equipment however not all the main manufacturers will be there. Also as the SWPP originates from Wedding photography there is quite a high percentage of items such as albums and frames to re-sell to customers. I would say that SWPP gets rather crammed at the weekends – but it’s at a new venue now. In the past it’s been at Novotel in Hammersmith – but this year it’s moving to Hilton London Metropole Hotel near Edgware road. I really hope this is a bigger venue!
There’s a list of Exhibitors. Canon is there – but no Nikon – but that’s usual.
I wouldn’t expect to buy big stuff and get much money off – but it’s a handy place to buy accessories and save a little/postage. I usually buy some kind of light modifier or clamps etc. There is also a gallery there – competition winners from the SWPP/”The Societies” competitions – but I tend to find most of them very cliché or cheesy.
Further details can be found at the SWPP convention website.