Recently I had the good fortune of being chosen by the State Theatre of NJ to photograph some of the upcoming concerts at the theatre. I couldn't have been happier...my love of music and photography were about to be combined into one amazing night. First up was Bobby Bandiera, an amazing performer who grew to fame as the guitarist for Southside Johnny and most recently Bon Jovi. I knew I would have my challenges as do all photographers when they cover live events. And like most, lighting is usually at the top of that list. Will the stage be too dark? Will the spotlight "blow out" the images and come out overexposed? But there is no way of knowing that ahead of time. Even getting there early for sound check doesn't fully prepare you for constant changing light conditions that will come with the live show. So all you can do is go on past experiences and your gutt as you start to focus in on the action. Click click click....then a quick check. A few settings adjustments and then right back at it. Click click click...oh wait, the stage lighting has changed. Back to the adjustments...and that's basically what the night had in store for me. As the night drew to a close, I knew I had captured plenty of images, but was anxious to get home and really check on which ones were the "keepers".
Over the past year, I have covered a very wide range of events and with each comes its own unique challenges. I am glad I keep pushing myself beyond of my comfort zone. I welcome each and every new experience that comes my way.
So....who's next? Are you ready for your close up?