You can either watch this video, or read the few paragraphs below – its the same information more or less. Your choice 🙂
All Time Low was headlining this tour with You Me At Six–so same size band billed the same–but the only difference is You Me At Six played last. They can’t exactly play at the same time, now can they!
My job for this tour is the same as every tour- shoot all day and provide content for the band/band members to post on their socials the next day. The main goal is for me to accurately depict the size of the band’s shows and show how nice their faces look. This was the biggest tour I had ever done. I loved it. Lots of people at concerts and lots of people to put in the photos.
Additionally as the crowd/capacities and sizes of the venues increase, so do the lighting and production packages of each band. I haven’t done a tour of this size before. I mean I have been on rather large tours before, with big bands, but I was usually touring with the smaller acts. It would have been cool to start touring with bands like Metallica and Slipknot or something, but I didn’t start with them, I didn’t grow with them–so in the end it wouldn’t be as rewarding. I like that personal connection of being part of the team and I feel it really helps my images as well.
So every day I photograph the show. By the end of the tour, my goal is to have enough images to properly represent everything that happened during the show. This means that some days I won’t get every shot, but cumulatively it will present the tour in its best light possible. I shoot some images from the photo pit, but my main advantage is the access I have and I need to make sure to utilize that every day. I can shoot backstage, onstage, side stage, from the audience and all of anything and everything. That is why the band has me there.
So every day on this tour I was up around 7:00 or 8:00 am, and then to bed at 2:00 or 3:00 am. They were long days. It wasn’t too bad for me however cause it was only a 5 show tour, and I am used to 5 weeks! So I was okay with it. I had a lot of shots to get every day and with the increased size in the venue, I needed to start shooting some remote cameras. I shot three different cameras almost every day, with one at front of the house and then another rigged up high somewhere. This allowed me to get all the shots I needed to get without having to run around the venue much. It’s important I am at the right place for the right time during the set, and if I am running to the back of the venue just to get one shot, it doesn’t quite work. I made this video recently showing how I shot the set from start to finish. In this particular video, I didn’t have a camera at the front of the house, so I did have to do some running! But you get the idea. I gotta stay fit somehow.
I also have some techniques for making sure I know when certain key parts of the set are coming up. Its pretty simple and just involves some paper and a pen. I basically draw out the timeline of each song as a literal line and make letter markings at different parts of each song. Each later stands for something different. C means crowd, or when the crowd is fully lit up. J means jump, P means pyro, etc etc. Its really whatever works for you. I just have to shoot the same thing every day–lighting stays the same, production stays the same–so I figure cancel out as much of the luck as possible and try to create good photo-taking situations to the best of my advantage.
I usually get most of my editing done the night of the show right after it’s over–or at least download and store the images. This way I can wake up the next day and get right to work. However, because I was shooting so many images (almost 4,000) with remote cameras on this tour it just wasn’t possible most of the time. Anyway, enjoy the photos! let me know if you have any questions. Post them everywhere, print em out if you want and put em on your wall – just make sure to send me a picture afterward. This will be the last tour I am selling prints for – everything is changing.
2/6/2015 – London, UK – Electric Ballroom with Neck Deep
2/7/2015 – Cardiff, UK – Rehearsals with All Time Low
2/8/2015 – Cardiff, UK – Rehearsals with All Time Low
2/9/2015 – Cardiff, UK – Motorpoint Arena
2/10/2015 – Birmingham UK – Birmingham LG Arena
2/11/2015 – Off day in Manchester
2/12/2015 – Glasgow, UK – The SSE Hydro
2/13/2015 – Manchester, UK – Phones 4u Arena
2/14/2015 – London, UK – The O2 Arena