The 2016 Westword Music Showcase was another killer day in Denver. A ton of local bands played early in the day and national headliners filled the main stage at night. In my opinion, far too many people only show up later and miss some of the best musicians Colorado has to offer, but sadly this year I did not get around to see as many as I would have liked either.
2015 was another great year for concert photography. I have been able to shoot in almost every Denver venue, from the smallest dive all the way up to almost the largest place we have in Colorado. From all my local favorites, to amazing national acts. From bands I am just discovering, to groups I loved in high school.
I feel incredibly lucky to be able to pursue music photography, and for all the opportunities that I have. Many thanks to everyone who is so great to work with… including you bands, PR firms, promoters, radio stations and the friends who hold my beer.
Can’t wait to see what concert photos 2016 brings!
Lots of folks have been asking me to get back to basics with some photography tips, like I have been doing at conferences. I thought the first post should be about something we all grapple with – what kind of camera (or cameras, plural) are best for my situation(s)? Personally, I have a camera in every one of these subsets, but I really think that is a bit excessive. As Chase Jarvis is oft quoted, “the best camera is the one you have with you.” Especially in this day and age of increasingly good smartphones, don’t feel bad if the best (and only) camera for you is the one that comes with your mobile phone. Or if you want to get more features, let’s chat.
A few weeks ago I joined my friends Jason, Brandon and Ben in their band practice space to freeze my butt off for about an hour and talk about music photography. They are part of the Denver band My Body Sings Electric and also run an Idobi radio show/podcast called The Awful Truth. They are fun to listen to, and hang out with, because they tell it like it is. (Which coincidentally means we all curse quite a bit though this, you have been warned.)
But on a serious note, it was cool to talk about taking concert photos with a band and get both perspectives. If you are interested in becoming a music photographer, I hope you find some little nuggets of wisdom in here between us cracking each other up.
We have our first real touch of cold here in Colorado, which – let’s face it, compared to other parts of the world, is not that cold… but when you have recently been to the rainforest, it sure feels cold. One of the things that fascinated me about Costa Rica was the diversity of its flora and fauna. Of course, I have no idea what the names of most of the plants were. In some ways, this is right up my alley because I take lots of flower photos here at home and generally have no clue what they are, even when they are in my backyard.
Can you help me identify these lovelies?
I would be happy to credit you when I update the post.
Either way, it feels nice to take a trip back to the tropics on a chilly day like today.