The Beaches Jazz Festival taking place this weekend in Toronto is THE place to go to shoot great festival photography.
So what do you need?
Water – more water – sunscreen – a hat – good socks and shoes and a big smile. Yesterday when I was shooting the temperature hit 100 degrees on the pavement.
As for photography, if you’re shooting before dusk, you need a wide-angle lens for the big bands (on DX format cameras an 18-200 zoom or 12-24 would be great) and a fast 50mm or 85mm (or if you’ve got big bucks an 70/80 to 200mm lens. Sure it’s big an heavy and the wedding photographers must-have lens but it gets the job done).
If you’re shooting after dusk you need fast (at least f/1.8) lenses. Your kit lenses or slower zooms just won’t cut it after dark and using a big flash at night is fine if you’re shooting somebody’s mugshot but not recomended for festival photography.
Now having said all that I have two confessions to make:
First: All of the shots from last night’s shooting were done with Marion’s Olympus EPL-2. Lenses included the kit lens (14-42mm), the long zoom (40 to 150) and the super-wide (9-16mm) plus the 17mm fast (f/2.8) pancake lens which did most of the work after dark. I think the results are amazing. Later today I’ll post about 75 images and a couple of videos from last night.
Second: I’m in love again. (Don’t tell Marion.) Erin McCallum has likely broken more than a few hearts in her time. She’s got a whiskey-soaked voice that reaches deep inside and a pair of lungs that can set your hair on fire. She’s as pretty as all get out and I wish I was half my age — which I am obviously not acting…or maybe I am 🙂 Her and her band are one of the best acts on a tough street of really top-notch artists.
BTW somebody should feed this girl. Like I said she’s as pretty as all get out but needs 10 more pounds on her pretty bones.