If I could subtitle my posts, I would probably put “Making a photographer work”… or even “Challenge Accepted!”
After shooting Steel Panther a few nights ago and having an orgy of shots, the Morcheeba show was the opposite. The British… uh… trip hop? Contemporary? Low Tempo? band was playing in a lightly filled Metropolis last night. I’m a fan of the music, I find it’s great easy listening, and was looking forward to getting some good shots. But whether the artist chose to have such horrible lights for their first three songs to annoy photographers (it does happen), or to fit the mood of the music, it ended up being quite a challenge to shoot.
Let’s have a quick run through what annoys show photographers:
- Smoke (CHECK!)
- Red wash lights (CHECK!)
- Blue wash lights (CHECK!)
- Every colour of the rainbow wash lights (CHECK!)
- Seeing so many great shots and not being able to capture them (semi CHECK)
Why do these annoy photographers? The smoke causes a lack of contrast in the shots. The colour washes kills the details in the face. The two together make it a real pain to grab focus on where you want. So what do you do? The best you can and rely on experience. I shot about 110 photos altogether with a set of about 15 sent to the media.
But as with everything in life, you need to make the best with what you have. With the light washes, I was thinking I would actually go with a black and white set, but decided against that and stuck with colour. It better represents the feel of the show, and also what the artist wanted in terms of lights. So that’s what you give me? That’s what you get.
Canon 5D Mark II + Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 for close ups. I think I only submitted one photo to the media with this setup
You can see the full set of images up at Cornershop Studios in a bit, but in the meantime, here are a couple of preview images 🙂