As a regular podcast listener (my blog post on podcasts), I was really inspired by PPN’s “camera and inspiration #15” podcast “Rocking photography with concert photographer Steve Brazill”.
I had never tried to shoot at a concert, and generally, the hurdles are high to get access if it’s a bigger concert. To push myself out of my comfort zone, I decided to do open air concert photography at our Luxembourg City Blues’n Jazz Rallye, the 24th edition of a yearly event, with more than 200 musicians, 16 outdoor stages and in 20 pubs and restaurants and 89 concerts on one evening.
I prepared the shooting experience by checking the schedules of the different bands and concerts, the locations they play at (to have a reasonable walking order during the evening) and I checked all the bands on Youtube. Then I made up a final list of 5 bands and schedules, prepared my camera (Fujifilm X-T2 with the XF 50-140mm F2.8 [and the XF 35mm F2 as a backup]) and headed to the city.
Due to my personal photography experiences, the type and style of photos I would try to shoot was already well defined in my head. At the different concert, I then spent some time listening to the music, watching the musicians and deciding what the best angles of view would be. Then, everything was quite easy and straightforward.
All in all, I was very happy with the resulting images and made them available to the different bands (via WeTransfer) and got already a few very nice and friendly feedbacks from them.