Gig photography can be immensely fun and rewarding, combining both live music and photography in to a single riotous event The challenges that arise with capturing the lighting and frenetic movement of the performers all while dodging drunken party goers guarantees to keep every gig interesting.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, once the final guitar has been loaded into the van and after a solid night of sleep, the editing process begins. Often this means hours of colour correction, small edits and the occasional journey into photoshop on each individual photo. Unless the lighting at the venue remains constant (which is very rarely the case) batch editing just isn't an option, so after a rowdy night of music, Sunday afternoon rolls around (and usually several evenings after Sunday too) and the routine is to sit on the couch ignoring the sunshine outside and pick apart each image.
At times it can be boring, tedious even frustrating work, as image after image requires similar but slightly different treatments all at the expense of having a life beyond the computer screen. But sometimes when the energy of the crowd and bands reach a certain threshold the photos become more fun to edit and I look forward to finishing one image so I can dive into the next. Such was the case of the Press Gang album release, the culmination of nearly a year's worth of hard work by the band. A great deal of promotion from everyone involved in putting on the show meant a celebratory atmosphere now that the big day had arrived. I was on hand at Dickens Pub to capture the night, it always goes by so much easier when the bands are so damn good. I really enjoyed seeing Magdalene, Citizen Rage and Craic the Lens bring their own individual styles to the stage and as always, the Press Gang delivered. Here's a few select images from the night, with more to come in this album in the coming days. I'll also post a link to the Press Gang's youtube channel for you to check out in the next few days as their entertaining new video should be posted soon. DIY done right. As always - thanks for looking!
I do apologize about the rampant watermarking these days, I've been finding a lot of uncredited instagram filtered photos of mine pop up lately. I get annoyed when I work hard to get the colours the way I like them only to find some brown coloured version floating around the interwebs.