25 May 2014
Being a musician myself, there can't be much more fun than shooting live gigs at a festival. Over the last weekend, I was able to cover the ElbJazz Festival in Hamburg and it's been fantastic. 60 acts from different genres (well, they were all a jazzy, but with lots of influences from soul, punk, pop, or avant-garde) and from many different countries. Many gigs went on simultaneously, so I wasn't able to cover everything, but I was able to shoot about a dozen, from Hugh Masekela and Dianne Reeves to Dirty Loops, Pink Freud, and Hamburg's own Ulita Knaus.
Lighting, as always, was a challenge. One second you have to do +2 EV exposure compensation, the next moment you need -1 EV, because of the constant lighting change. As usual, the press pit had only 10 minutes to get their shot, so I armed myself with two bodies, one 5D Mark II with a 24-105 and the 1D with the 70-200 f/2.8. That way I was able to get stage shots and close-ups without much hassle. Luckily, there weren't too many shooters in the pit, maybe a dozen or so, and everybody was able to shoot from different angles. All very civilised and no elbow action was needed. Good fun.