So last Thursday I got to shoot Tiesto’s College Invasion tour. You can find my little write up and gallery here.
If you have known me for any amount of time, you would know that I have been addicted, seriously addicted any sort of EDM music for the most part of my life…since I could drive. I won’t age myself just yet. But I am surprised that it has taken me this long to get into this type of photography!
I only got to see Alvero exit the stage, so yea guilty, I missed the first set. It was all so intense and confusing and well I guess I thought Tiesto was playing at 7pm! Duuur….I really can’t believe I thought that. But since Alvero was a part of the show, I definitely didn’t want to leave him out whether it be one photo or not!
The shooting conditions weren’t as ideal as I had hoped for. I was already afraid of the 20 minute time limit we had, which actually turned out to be plenty, maybe too much time! BUT the viewpoint from the pit was pretty LOW. It took me a while to start copying the Prime Social photographer’s technique which was to hold the camera high above my head and shoot blindly…which I haven’t ever been too good at! I have a hard time getting a straight shot when I am looking right through the view finder on any given day! I’m all around crooked…. *wink*
Now, look at this photo below. This was the ladder I was invited to stand on in order to get a better view of the DJ without holding the camera as high above my head as possible. See how he’s pointing it out for me? you?….? I thought this group of photos was hilariously related to what he was asking, as if he’s demanding I use the ladder in the first photo and then in the second photo he throws his hands up like, “C’MON!?” and then finally in the third he is begging “Please!” HAHA I got a trip outta that.
He was quite the ham though, since most of my crowd shots included him looking at the camera in some different way countless times. Even the photos I saw by Prime Social included some photos of him looking right at their camera while the rest of the people watched the stage! Silly….
And here comes Tiesto and HIS Light Show!
The best shot I could get while his name was lit up and framed right was with a huge smoke blower right in the way! nice…
I liked the photo enough to keep it, but even though I had more, only one with the smoke blower is needed.
Well now the crowd was very well lit, so lit that looking toward Tiesto was crazy blinding and too much for photos of him! And I really shouldn’t have bothered trying to take photos of the crowd until Tiesto’s lights came out!