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Virgil and the Accelerators, O2 Islington, 7 November 2013

Finally had the chance to catch Virgil and the Accelerators live, after being lucky enough to shoot with them at the Steve Gerrard gig photography workshop in Birmingham a few months back (blog here!).  They’ve been touring madly for the last couple of months and finally they made to to London, bringing a swag of t-shirts and albums to sell on the night.  I managed a good spot up the front to take photos, and noticed a line of fans, all with their phones/point & shoot cameras at the ready, already decked out in V&TA t-shirts!  They have some pretty keen fans…  Virgil and Jack are so easy to photograph – brilliant presence and fantastic shape pullers.  Difficult to see Gabriel behind his drum kit but he was smashing away the whole time, not unlike his mascot, The Muppets’ ‘Animal’, who sat in front of his kit.  I managed to find their manager Martin after a few songs and thanked him for the ticket/photo pass, to which he passed onto me not one but TWO V&TA t-shirts!  One of them adorns a photo I had taken of them at the Steve Gerrard day, which I was most pleased about.

I used my Canon 7D with 17-55mm f2.8 most of the time, and switched to my 50mm 1.8 for a few shots.  The 50mm is just so much lighter and easier to shoot with after lugging the 17-55mm around!  Was up fairly close to the stage though so the 50mm wasn’t always convenient.  The lighting was decent so wasn’t even concerned that it was a no-flash gig.  I mostly sat on 1000 ISO.  Pics below, enjoy!

 

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Steve Gerrard music photography workshop, Birmingham – Virgil and the Accelerators

Well.  I had a brilliant day yesterday.

A couple months back I was doing some Google searching for gig photography workshops/courses in London and always seemed to come back to the same thing, Steve Gerrard‘s music photography workshop.   Partly because there were VERY few workshops around specific to music photography, but mainly because Steve’s looked right up my alley.  The workshop was being held in Birmingham, which was fine because being an Australian it’s fun to venture to parts of the UK that I’ve not been to before.  So I paid for the course, applied for annual leave from my day job and bought some train tickets.

After a nightmare journey up to Birmingham yesterday (big thanks to the person who jumped in front of a train at Milton Keynes…) I eventually arrived and met some awesome budding, amateur and professional photographers.  Oh, and Steve.  Steve is amazing.  Even though I missed out on the first hour of the workshop, the knowledge and tips that he gave us throughout the day were priceless.  

We were treated to going out after lunch with a real, proper band(!), Virgil and the Accelerators, and took photos of them in various locations around The Custard Factory, where the workshop was held.  SO MUCH FUN.  The guys in the band (and their manager) were just lovely.  The band were great at taking direction, but also great at being effortlessly cool.  Will have to check them out when they come to London next (Islington O2 on November 7th FYI!).

After taking loads of pics outside of the band we went back inside and Steve showed us a few bits and pieces in Lightroom, Photoshop and some other editing programs (which I’m looking into as we speak).  I came away from the workshop with my brain bursting with new information and excited to be putting what I learnt into practice in the next couple months.  It was super inspiring to chat to the people that came along to the workshop as well, all at various stages of their photography ‘careers’.  Such a fantastic day, I can’t recommend Steve’s workshop highly enough.  If you’re looking to do more band photography (or wedding photography – he does a bloody good job of that too!) check him out.

Here are some pics that I took of the band and the day in general.  Enjoy!

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