“This was a tricky shoot, as we were restricted to shooting from the barrier. Very quickly the crowd became rowdy and me and my fellow photographers were being bumped and jostled about. Mix that with high intensity LED stage lights and lasers and some moments were a task to capture! This one was a bit of a happy accident. Quan came to the front of the stage to interact with the crowd and the LED light shone right into my lens. In that moment I thought that I’d lost the shot as the LED’s have a knack for blowing out all detail, but thankfully when I got home I saw that this was not the case, and I ended up with a shot I was really happy with!
Publication: Heavy Music Magazine
Gear: Nikon D4S with a Nikkor 24-70 2.8 lens (my go to kit)
Post Process: The most important thing for this image was balancing the intensity of the front and back lights, as well as bringing back some detail into the areas it had been lost. I upped the exposure by half a stop, and introduced a bit of contrast to help bring Quan out a bit more. I reduced the highlights to bring back detail to his face, and dropped the vibrancy a touch to reduce the intensity of the blue LED colour.
After studying music all throughout my school years, I decided to go study photography at uni (that makes total sense huh?) In 2008, a friend’s band was playing at Bar Broadway and I thought I’d take my camera along and see what happened, meld the two worlds I was interested in… what could go wrong?Learn more about Kierra Thorn