Jahkoy releases his newest song supported by the harmonic greatness that is the terrorist known as DrewsThatDude. I really love how this piece came out, stream the song after the jump.Read More
The 7d has been my main camera since I upgraded from my T2I a few years ago and has really been a workhorse that is also one of the most durable cameras that I have used. This camera has survived being thrown out of a plane (in the bag of course) by a clearly mentally deficient luggage guy from United and has been almost completely covered in water and mud at various concerts and events so when the details for the MKII leaked last week I knew I would need it in my life. Hopefully this model will be announced at the same price range of around ~$1600 USD like the original was for so many years. A big kicker for a lot of people is going to be that it has the same crop sensor (1.6x) but for me it works perfect and the upgraded features such as higher resolution, GPS, CF/SD card support and pretty much everything else warrant the purchase for me without having to wait to get the 5D MKIII. Check out some pictures of the camera and the specs after the jump, this camera is most likely going to be officially announced tomorrow.Read More
in the first official tip I wanted to go over something that I feel is the main factor that leads to mediocre concert photography and that is not understanding your surroundings as well as EVERYTHING on stage. A prime example of this would be any shots you see from a Kanye West performance that are super tight on his ornate masks and costumes but completely and entirely neglect the massive amount of production on the stage around him. I was guilty of this for probably a year when I first started shooting concerts because I was so focused on the main artist that I would completely ignore everything on stage, everyone in the pit, and most of the time everyone on stage that wasn’t the main act. This is a huge problem when you are shooting bands or an artist that may have a big name DJ or hypeman. If you shoot a Mac Miller concert, you need to include Clockwork (his DJ) and Treejay (his hype man) if he is there just as you would make sure and capture every member of a band like Red Hot Chili Peppers if you are shooting them. Over time, you really begin to recognize things that will definitely add to your composition and the quality of photos overall so you need to remember that you can’t sacrifice all the entire experience for a simple portrait that may only take 10 seconds and 2 shots to accomplish. When an artist goes out and spends $50,000 or more on a stage setup with smoke, lights, etc, they do this for a reason and as a photographer you need to recognize this because after all, the main audience that is going to look at your photographs are the people that were not actually at the concert so you need to make them feel like they were there in any way possible. Pictures with examples and explanations after the jump.Read More
Although I have slowed down on concert photography over the past few months it is still my "bread and butter" and definitely what i'm known for by the few people who actually know who I am. I still love the genre, even though it has honestly driven me to somewhat loathe going to concerts and I know this is something that a lot of people want to get into so I am going to be posting tips and tricks periodically that have helped me over the past few years and will surely help you as well.
To many photographers, concert photography is one of the less respected photography genres for a few reasons...
1. All of the lights are already set up for you
2. You don't have to tell the talent what to do since they are just going to perform regardless of what you feel you are doing with your life.
3. Most of the photographers at the show are going to get "nearly" the same photos (I will go into this further in the post and how to avoid it)
4. Because of point #3, pretty much anyone can call themselves a "concert photographer"
Now I have to admit, starting out I really thought I was something special and I was doing something that not many other people can do which was the absolute furthest thing from the truth. Chances are, if you have 15 people in the pit and you really don't know how to differentiate yourself, you're going to have damn near the same exact picture as every other person with a fancy camera by you. Once you realize this, you can use the ways i'm going to explain to remedy the mediocrity. Stay tuned and make sure to subscribe to the site for updates.
At this point, it is fairly common knowledge that I am Devin Mile's artist however this release is extremely special as it is his debut single off of the upcoming album PIxburgh which is due out next month. In the 3 years that I have known Devin he has continued to progress as an artist and every song is better than the last. When I heard this song a few months ago I knew it was going to be something special and judging by the amount of plays, debut by XXL Magazine, and overall reception of the record; I was correct. This isn't even the craziest song on the project, get ready people, Devin is coming for you. Check out the song after the jump.Read More
After my Madden Vine somehow eclipsed 7 million loops in the past week and was featured on sites like Bleacher Report, USA Today, ABC News and a bajillion others as well as on tv on ESPN and NFL Network, something that actually mattered happened...
I FINALLY made it on MTV with my footage being used during Delo's segment on the first episode of Rap Fest. For the past few years one of my biggest goals has been to have my work on tv and having it on the only music video channel people actually care about is pretty awesome. Big thanks to Delo and Dutch for making this happen. Check out the video below.
Livenation was nice enough to let me come through and shoot the Houston stop of the Under the Influence tour that was right down the street at the Pavilion tonight and although it felt like it was 3,000 degrees outside the entire time, I had a blast as usual with any Wiz concert. This is the 4th or 5th time I've shot Wiz I think and he has definitely improved and changed his performance entirely every single time. Even though it was a tour/show and headlined Wiz, the main reason i was there was to see Jeezy since I have never had the chance to actually see him live and I basically lost my mind screaming every drug rap he performed at the top of the lungs, concerts. Love'em.
The show was also supported by Mack Wildes, Iamsu & Sage the Gemini, Ty$, and Rich Homie Quan who all put on great shows and garnered more crowd involvement than I have ever seen for openers at that venue. Check out the pics after the jump.Read More
I'm going to be doing this new series that will go over the various products that I am teaching myself to shoot by the name of SST which breaks down to the uber creative project title... "Shooting Shiny Things." To put myself into a workflow and to force myself to learn workarounds for certain things, I am going to really limit myself and what I am able to use for the first few shoots.
For the first photo in this practice series I grabbed my favorite pair of sunglasses that I bought during Sundance last year and a pack of mirrors that I bought for around $10 at Home Depot last week for a client shoot that ended up not being used. As far as lighting I had 2 softbox strobes at full power (My lights are only 150 w/s a piece so they aren't super powerful) fairly far from the camera to cut down on reflections but still accomplish the effect that I needed.
The main takeaway from this specific shoot was that I severerly need microfiber towels to clean glass surfaces because getting the specks off of these mirrors can take FOREVER in post. Overall the shot is not super amazing but it gives me a lot of areas to focus on in later shoots and I am really happy with the high key image that I ended up with. I really wanted to have as much contrast as possible to bring out the shape of the glasses more than the actual reflections you would generally focus on in the lenses.
Although the event was a couple weeks ago I figured it would be a good time to post some of the shots that i did for not only the summit itself but G Pen as well. This was easily one of the biggest events to date and a great warmup for the 1st ever NYC Sneaker Summit on September 21st which will be a part of The Source360 Weekend of which I will hopefully be in attendance.
Sidenote: Sodium Vapor lights are absolutely the devil. The. Devil.
Pictures after the jump.Read More