I love going to gigs but I don’t always have my camera – at times it’s nice to just enjoy the show. I am lucky to have many friends who are musicians and where I can I take shots of their performance, often times in some weird and wonderful places.
This year I took my camera to Common People Festival Oxford for the first time and it makes you realise pretty quick that you may not have all the kit you want to shoot each situation. As an enthusiast seeing the mostly male press photographers with their telephoto lenses and two, yes two full frame cameras fully loaded waiting for the next best shot and access pass is mildly intimidating but then I think even they had to start somewhere and my kits not too shabby!
Photography is, for most at least a passion and for some lucky buggers a full time occupation. I remember feeling chuffed to bits with my entry level DSLR, taking shots of everything. I was the irritating person at a gig asking “togs” (after the gig had finished, of course) about tips, preferred camera etc. Some were really helpful, others looked at me with cool disdain.
You begin to learn that the internet is a wonderful place and that why should people willingly give their knowledge to you for free. I’m no great technician (yet!) and I find that aspect of photography really hard at times but it’s important to learn that side of things. That’s what I didn’t do with the guitar and years later I still suck!
What I think I do have is an eye for a good shot and I do what I do in my own way and sometimes people actually like it. And that’s always nice.