The music blog belonging to David McWilliams Photography. A Cape Cod, New England based photographer. Live music. Live music photography. Concert photography. Band photography. Music photography.
I LOVE IT! What great photos showing such passion! I am going to link you back to a post I wrote about music and writing: http://capecodscribe.wordpress.com/2012/07/20/do-you-rock-when-you-write/
Thanks so much! What a great article. I'm no writer (notice the lack of text on my blog posts), but when I was in school I couldn't get any writing done without music playing. And still, when I'm editing and retouching my photographs I always play music. If they're music photographs, I usually play the artist who's picture I'm currently working on. There's that added inspiration that way.
Great pics David! I really like the one of him singing into the microphone in black and white. I am actually going to see them this weekend at Naukabout! Will you be there as well photoging the event?
Thanks Amy. Yes, I'm the photog for Naukabout so I'll be there taking pictures. I love that day, I look forward to it all year! Have you been in past years? I really think its one of the best events happening on the Cape (maybe The Pops by the Sea is good too). Adam Ezra is quickly becoming one of my favorite artists, not just of Naukabout, but in general. Thanks again!
Love this-- how much post production did you do? How did you deal with the lighting? Were you on stage? What lens? Inquiring minds would love to know!
Thank you, I love the technical questions!For me post production varies a lot from image to image. There's frequently a lot of little tweaks like cropping and rotating for mine. But many of the images need white balance and additional color adjustments because of the varied nature of stage lighting (i.e. from bright red to soft blue to white strobe light in a matter of seconds).Dealing with the lighting is not easy. Knowing the camera inside and out is a necessity. Concert photography is by far the most difficult I've tried and you have to be able to shoot in manual exposure to insure that the camera doesn't misinterpret the wacky light and underexpose the images. Inevitably, however, there will be shots lost due to being underexposed. Stage lighting is just too unpredictable to nail every shot.I was on stage at this show. Most shows so far I've been allowed on stage, side stage, and in the very front. Getting on stage during the performance is one of the coolest things ever, btw.I shoot the vast majority with a 50mm f:1.4 prime lens and a 80-200mm f:2.8. You have to have a fast lens to shoot shows like this because it tends to be so dim.Hope that helps! Sorry for carrying on for so long.
I am totally in love with the first picture, and of course- I like all the rest too. I think the first picture captures such an energetic moment. Amazing pics David!
That's my favorite too, haha. Thank you, I appreciate the feedback! Glad to hear I picked the right shot
These pictures are awesome. I love that you captured the vibe of the event with such warm light and attention to detail. I'm looking forward to checking out more of your work!