Photo of the week
I recently had a chance to photograph my friend, singer and song writer Lauren O’Connor while she did a live set. It was a bit of a challenge for a number of reasons, the least of which was that I have never shot this type of event before. Here are a couple of the photographs from the event.
I found it to be an interesting challenge, and I took inspiration from Drew Gurian who is an excellent concert and portrait photographer. There were a number of challenges with this venue including the really busy background, multi-coloured lights and tables of sitting people. These challenges were certainly not unique to this venue alone, but it was interesting to try to solve them.
Firstly a shallow depth of field (f2.8 and f4) helped separate Lauren from the background and as a bonus helped with the low light, that was an easy one. It was a bit harder to deal with the multi-coloured lights though and I left some of the photographs in colour to highlight the club feel while I converted a number of them to black and white. I even used a duotone treatment of a black and white photograph to give it a warm, intimate feel that the venue had. I overcame the last problem by shooting tight with a long lens (70-200mm). A couple of the photographs I shot from further back to include the audience and show a bit more context.
I tried to have a number of different shots for Lauren so that if she wanted she could use them for a number of different uses.