Jeff thoughtfully brought a couple props with him to the studio, one of which was a vintage Shure microphone. I’m always wary about including instruments and such in these types of shots but this thing looked so cool when lit that I couldn’t resist.
First off, the band was filming the show. And while this meant sharing precious space in the photo pit with two camera operators and a pair of huge crates for them to stand on, it also meant that the stage lighting was excellent. I was also lucky in that there was only one other credentialed photog in the pit so I was able to shoot from a wide angle to eliminate the stage monitor issue. And, while the band would argue how fortuitous this is, the venue was far from a sell-out so I could shoot from the floor without fighting my way through the crowd.
This was the first hip-hop show I’ve ever shot and while the unimpeded sight lines were a pleasant change, it can be tricky to make exciting photos when there’s just a rapper and DJ on stage. Thankfully, most of the performers were relatively high energy (Mathias in particular) and I shot from a variety of angle to prevent static imagery.
Shot on assignment for Eleven Magazine.