Nightwish from the Photo Pit

Trebuchet Magazine have published my review of Nightwish at Brixton Academy, with their new singer Floor Jansen.

It was the first time I’ve got a pass for the photo pit at a big venue, which was something of an experience. I’ve done plenty of concert photography in the past, but it’s all been at small club venues where I’ve been shooting from the front row of the audience. Seeing a major band on a big stage at close quarters in front of a huge crowd is something else entirely. The only downside was missing a couple of songs after the three songs in the pit while I deposited my camara in the cloakroom – we weren’t allowed to keep our cameras with us for the rest of the show.

One thing I found notable was the equipment other photographers were using. I was expecting to be outgunned by the pros, with my gear being an entry-level DSLR and a second-hand 28-75mm f2.8 lens I’d bought for £199 two days before. But the two-grand bazooka lenses I’ve seen at Mostly Autumn gigs were conspicuous by their absence.

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5 Responses to Nightwish from the Photo Pit

  1. Michael Orton says:

    Golly, I thought lenses like that were for wildlife photography as in small birds at long range. If MA gigs are in small venues, what are people wanting to see?

  2. Tim Hall says:

    I’ve used a 75-300mm lens at a festival, largely because my standard zoom didn’t have the reach when shooting from further back. Does mean you can take close-ups like this.

  3. Steve Smith says:

    So how did you wangle a spot in the pit ?

  4. Tim Hall says:

    Got a photo pass through Trebuchet Magazine (who have published my review)

  5. Steve Smith says:

    Ahh, cool. I guessed you’d need some kind of accreditation or magazine/press endorsement to get a spot. Like you , I’ve always taken shots from the front of the audience with my SLR (think we were stood side by side at CRF this year), but there seem to be a lot of venues/bands/promoters won’t allow you to take them in.