I love music as much as I love photography. They're two of the biggest interests and passions I have. Only difference is, I'm a horrible singer, but I can shoot decent photos. I think. That said, I've always wanted to dabble in concert photography. Aside from my love of music and live performances, it's a field where I'd want to test my skills. If there is such a thing as a "complete" photographer, that's what I strive for - shoot anything that I like and get the results that I want. For one reason or another, though, my concert-shooting plans haven't pushed thru, mainly because of two things : 1.) I can't get a photographer's pass, and 2.) I'd rather enjoy concerts I've been to than bother shooting from poor angles and positions afforded by a regular concert-goer ticket. Make no mistake, though : there have been countless times during a show that I told myself "if only I had a pass, I'd nail that shot."
Last night though, things finally fell into place. Urbandub was in town. I asked my contacts and was able get in for free. Best of all, they gave me a photographer's pass! I made my concert photography debut. At long last.
Concert photography is tricky. Stage lights flicker and move quickly, not to mention change colors. Then of course the artists can make sudden jerks and movements, who knows what are they going to do next? It takes a lot of anticipation and being ready for that fleeting moment worthy of a photo - all while jockeying for position with other photographers near the stage. It's very challenging.
There were probably 10 front act bands before Urbandub. I chose not to shoot too much of the "undercards", preferring to watch and get a feel of the venue, crowd, and lighting. I also tested the camera's focusing and my ability to quickly change settings. While the lesser-known bands were warming up the stage, I was also warming up for the main event.
After 4 hours of watching and waiting, it was time for the main act. I was both happy and relieved when Urbandub emerged backstage. My concert photo op was here!
And the show was on. Here are my photos of Urbandub live in concert...
Just as I was getting the hang of things, frontman Gab Alipe announced their last song for the night. They probably did 5 to 6 songs (sorry, was busy shooting, didn't keep track). Anyway, it was short and intense. I thoroughly enjoyed shooting. And you know what, I liked the output. There's a first time for everything, and I'm lucky it was Urbandub for my first concert shoot. I'm looking forward to the next concert I can cover. Somebody, anybody, give me a photographer's pass please. Haha.
Anyway before I end, a big THANK YOU is in order for Ian Centeno. He was instrumental in getting me the pass. I don't know how he did it, I just tagged along. Hahaha. Thanks, Ian. Thanks also to the organizers for entrusting me that photographer's pass.
And thank YOU for viewing.
As my favorite Urbandub song "Soul Searching" goes : whatever you do, choose life, wherever you go, choose life.
Till next time. =)