I have been a concert photographer around Denver for about eight years and it's been an amazing ride. I love photographing every kind of band in every kind of venue - and I have even started traveling to do it. Here in Denver, we have venues of every size, which makes it great for local and touring bands to move up and down that ladder as they play. Thus, I have shot the smallest rooms in the complete dark up to our biggest, brightest locations. One thing that bands often ask about is concert lighting - and tips on how to do it from a photographer's perspective. The easy answer you will hear from all of us is "NO RED LIGHTS!" - but why? There is actually a reason based on color theory, if you can believe it. And while I know that bands do not always have control over what the venue does with lights - many of the people behind that board are more than happy to do what they can to accommodate your requests ... you simply need to know what to ask for.
I don't often photograph weddings but when I do - it's the most fun when it's friends. Nick and Amy are half of a fantastic band in Fort Collins named Post Paradise and we have been going to their shows for years. I was honored to capture their special day - and what clearly is a special relationship between them, their family and friends.
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. [caption id="attachment_12918" align="alignnone" width="700"] Channel 93.3's Nerf (and his "assistant") announcing bands at WMS[/caption]
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.