A live music photoshoot of The Respect Show, a tribute to Aretha Franklin.
Musicians: Angie Naryan, Sean Ikin, plus backing singers and band
Photographer: matt g
Location: Twin Towns, Tweed Heads, NSW
Camera: Nikon (several)
As was pointed out in the mattgphotography interview with My Nikon Life, I am "living the dream" and get paid to go to gigs and shoot musicians, which is always a lot of fun. Recently, I crossed the QLD/NSW border and shot a live show at Twin Towns. The show was The Respect Show, a tribute to the life and music of Aretha Franklin, performed by Angie Naryan as Aretha, as well as Sean Ikin as George Michael and fabulous backing singers and band. The show tells the story of Aretha's life and music and so not only was there great music, but there was an interesting story to go with it.
As the official photographer for the show, I had access backstage, to the side of the stage, and above the crowd, which makes live music photography much easier - much better than having to fight the crowd in the moshpit (okay, there wasn't a moshpit) to get a clear shot and to not get covered in beer!
For those of you that are interested by the techical details, I had two cameras set up for this live music photoshoot. I had one Nikon camera with a telephoto lens set up on a tripod behind the crowd, with the lens wide open (low F-stop) and a high ISO to get pin-sharp shots even though it was quite dark and the performers weren't standing still for me to shoot. I also had another camera on hand with a F1.4mm 50-mm lens, which is ideal for low-light photography in dark venues. This was my 'roaming' camera as I went to the side and behind the stage. On both cameras, I put in new, empty 128-GB memory cards so I could shoot on high continuous drive without having to worry about running out of memory half way through and before the big finale!