This was my fifth time shooting for Charetta. I studied the shots I took from their past events to prepare for it. It was actually my first time doing so and it really helped. I might also study video of their performances for future shoots. Why wasn’t I doing this sooner? I really dragged the shutter this time for a more painterly effect. Hate it or love it?
When I started shooting bands I realized early on that with the drummer all the way in the back it's not going to be easy to get decent shot of 'im. I don't only shoot for myself, I'm here for the performers. They should all be represented in the photos. To get those drummer shots I must move closer; I don't use zoom lenses. If it means getting up on stage I always ask permission first. If I don't ask permission it means I risk throwing off the performers because they weren't expecting it.
When I'm up there I do what I can to avoid calling attention to myself. I'm not the only photographer there; I'd hate to get in the way of the photographers taking shots from offstage. I also don't want to be a distraction to the people who came out to support the band. I stay up there for two songs at most and hide behind speakers and stage stuff if possible. I also try to avoid standing directly in front of the drum stand. Wearing black also helps.
More photos on the way, many bands were in attendance for Gotham Rocks!
New York photographer, party mammal, and Internet troll for hire. Alain-Christian is an OG who’s been blogging for over 20 years dating back to the early days of AOL. He loves sharing his offbeat opinions on pop culture, bestowing his tech knowledge, and making arts.