Each Year I keep a folder on my computer with links to all my favorite live photos of the year. They come from some of my favorite photographers, some of which I consider friends, some I have been blessed enough to share the pit with and some I have closely followed for years. All which have inspired me and driven me to sleepless nights of shooting and editing to get that perfect shot
I want to stress that the entirety of this post includes the work other photographers. All which I would highly suggest you visit their sites through the links listed to see more of their work.
One of the hardest things to capture at a indoor show, is the drummer. The lighting is typically terrible to get a worth wild shot of the man in the back. Tim describes in post about the photo that this took multiple attempts at multiple shows. That diligence, persistence and drive are what it takes to get shots like this one. I love Tim's post processing as well the contrast and colors always make his photos have a gritty look to them.
Crowd shots like this are very difficult, the combination of lighting, placement, anticipation and having the correct lens at the right time are all key. But this family man from Jersey is a photo pit veteran and his photos show true craft and skill.
A Jumping photo, this sharp, this wide, this high….. This photo is perfect; to be perfectly honest I could have done a separate post on just photos that I loved from Dana. From her portraits, to live photos, to festival coverage, this girl is one of the best in the business.
Luis has always had a great eye for black and whites, the composition and the settings to get the sweat that visible, just makes this shot captivating.
I have shot the Newport Folk Festival 3 out of the last 4 years. The atmosphere and music are unlike any other festival I have been to. One staple for me is to see Brian’s festival experience through his photos. His portraits from the festival are some of my favorite photos of the year.
This guy has probably shot more shows last year than I have shot in my entire life. He is an incredibly hard worker and constantly inspires me to get off the couch and shoot. His focus on making relationships with the bands he truly admires has proven a valuable asset to get truly amazing shots.
This guy is quickly becoming a favorite of mine, his composition, the color, the tone of his shots. All of it is truly impressive.
I am not going to lie I love shooting the flaming lips. There is always plenty of light, the shows are crazy exciting and unique. My first truly professional quality photo came about thanks to a flaming lips set at Bonnaroo. But the color and composition of this shot of Wayne Coyne is truly beautiful.
I honestly want this guy to do a tutorial on how he edits and what he shoots with.... the way his photos constantly walk the line between a artistic filtered style to a polished commercial look is something very unique. I love his work and he is a constant reminder that no matter where your shooting. If its a arena or a basement, there is always a story to tell.
So I would say this kid is probably the luckiest guy I know, being Lorde’s personal photographer (and boyfriend) but once you see his work you realize that this guy has some serious talent. Maybe it’s the fact that he fancys his subject or the fact that she offers up a higher level of vulnerability around him. But his candid behind scenes photos of Lorde are captivating.