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!