Bec Reid Photography

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Sometimes, you just get lucky.

A couple of times now, I've been given the chance to photograph bands I really like. That was the case a few days ago. I didn't think I was going to get the gig, and it wasn't until just over a week before it that I found out I scored it. Lucky!

So I went in, took my photos for 3 songs ('3 songs, no flash!' is the rule stated) and I stayed in the venue. I had planned to move to the back, raised protion of the venue and try and get some of those elusive drummer shots.

The unthinkable happens. My camera dies. Not flat battery, not anything like that.It just...died.My run of good luck had clearly ended.

Thankfully, it's fully insured and covered by warranty. All that jazz. So next week it's going to camera hospital where hopefully it will be back within a week or two.

Sad :( At least I got my photos off the CF card with my new CF card reader! It's so tiny, but faster than I expected.

All the pretty lights!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Shooting with an elbow in your face.

About half of the venues I've shot at haven't had any kind of barrier between the stage and the crowd. That kind of set-up is awesome for the audience - you get to feel the singer's sweat drip on your face etc.

For a photographer? Not so good. It means I either shoot from the crowd or from side-of-stage. Last week, this was the situation I found myself in.

It started off fine, first 3 bands - almost no people around.Then the headlining band came on... PANDEMONIUM! This venue definitely wasn't equipped to handle that kind of crowd. Of course I staked my spot out early, second row, to the right of centre. Didn't help. Within seconds of the band taking the stage I was copping elbows in the face, being pushed around and worst of all - my camera was at risk of damage. That's usually a good time to leave. So I tried. The furthest I got was side-of-stage. Okay I thought, I'll see what I can get from here (with a huge keyboard between me and the band now)

I was there fore maybe 1 minute, when the lead singer spotted me and made eye-contact. Uh-oh, this is usually when they give you the signal to stop photographing. He made the 'camera' shape with his hands, pointed at the crowd then the drummer, and motioned me on-stage.

I was quite shocked (this had never happened to me before) but no way as I going to miss the opportunity to squeeze myself into the non-existent space between the drummer's kit and the singer + lead guitarist's position. I had my 24-70mm on so it would have worked. I think. All ready to make my leap on to the stage when a roadie taps me on the shoulder.


The singer was by that time very involved in a song so I wasn't able to point at the\roadie and let him know I was being restrained. I don't blame the roadie, he was doing the right thing....roadies are probably used to rabid fans and over-zealous photographers getting too close to the band. Plus there are leads and plugs everywhere and he might have thought I'd trip on them and unplug stuff.

So a bit disappointed, but overall worth it, I got a few good shots from the night. Here's one from the second band of the night;

Monday, January 10, 2011

First cab off the rank...

Fresh new blog - to go with my fresh new website :)

I wanted to have this on my website because - well sometimes I do stuff (as in, photograph stuff) that isn't always something that should go straight on the website. So this is my alternative.

Or maybe I'll learn a new trick (new to me - others have probably known about it for aeons) and want to share it (or just write it down somewhere so I don't forget it!)  Don't look to me for technical advice though... I am one of the least technically proficient photographers in existence.

First things first, a short intro; I'm Bec. I shoot concerts. With my camera. Or should I say cameras ... 3 days ago after much debating, researching and pondering (almost a year of it) I bought my first full-frame DSLR, to replace my D90 (yes, I'm firmly planted in the Nikon camp).

More on my gear later.

This seems like a good length for a 'first post' so I'll close here. Stay tuned for more! 

Almost forgot - I'll try and post an interesting (not necessarily good) photo + story with each blog entry, so here's today's 

I took this as I was leaving the Mainstage area at Easterfest 2009. It was my first time shooting a proper concert/festival and I had an absolute blast.