AFI has been a band that I’ve been a fan of for a very long time and their album ‘Sing The Sorrow’ is one of my all-time favourites so, when I knew they were coming to Melbourne I knew that I had to be there with my camera.
From every account I’d heard by other concert photographers, AFI put on one hell of an energetic gig and right from the moment they burst onto the stage, I wasn’t disappointed.
A couple of things about photographing this show stood out for me though.
First was that with such an energetic band, it sometimes makes it difficult to catch members for a clean shot, so it’s important to be vigilant. Most vocalists will stop moving around a bit when they are about to belt out the big notes, so that’s the best time to get your shot.
Most vocalists will stop moving around a bit when they are about to belt out the big notes so that’s the best time to get your shot.
Secondly, I found the lighting to be rather tricky to work with on this occasion. It’s not that there wasn’t a lot of it or the quality wasn’t great but for some reason I found my pictures to have a fair bit of contrast in them.
But, that’s something I have dealt with in the past and I’ll either work with it or rectify the problem and I’m sure most of you really don’t care anyway. I know, it’s a photography thing.
Still, the bottom line is that I got to photograph AFI and it was a spectacular night, so I feel very fortunate to have finally seen a band that means so much to me.
Photographed for Silver Tiger Media