The Almost in Concert – Live Performance Photography

If you like our Facebook page these photos and more came across your feeds last November when The Almost were in town. Nothing like a good local basement venue show to get up close and personal to enjoy the music. The girls fans loved being feet away from lead singer Aaron and the band too, and I’m always a fan of free reign to shoot from wherever I prefer. Here’s a couple of favorite shots from Aaron Gillespie, former drummer of Underoath, and The Almost’s stop at Church of the Heartland in South Bend’s own River Park neighborhood.

the almost IN concert 2011

the almost IN concert 2011

Aaron Gillespie the almost IN concert 2011

the almost IN concert 2011

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Kingston Falls Reunion

Kingston Falls was one of the first local hardcore bands I remember hearing as well as mixing at old Underground Cafe shows. It was a weekend of reminiscing with music between seeing Kingston Falls again Friday and Analecta Thursday. I’ve seen Analecta’s bassist Calvin all around local music since the old Underground shows. Now that I’ve got plenty of loud music ringing in my ears this week it’s time for some office work, family time, and football this weekend.

Call it a sneak preview for tonight’s Kingston Falls reunion show in Napannee.

Kingston Falls band Indiana concert photography

Last shot of the whole Kingston Falls set, looks like the mic is out of reach.

Kingston Falls Indiana concert photography

One shot from Close Your Eyes. It was my first time seeing them and I wouldn’t mind having them in another show soon. There’s a similar version of this shot in the header slideshow on our blog – check it.

Close Your Eyes band Indiana concert photographer

Update 11/28/10 -The same gear I took to this show is quickly becoming my lightweight concert photography gear kit I use most:

  • Nikon D700 for high ISO low light shots (ISO3200 when dim, less when there’s adequate lighting)
  • Nikon 24mm f/2.8 AF wide angle
  • Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF macro for closeups on tight stages
  • Earplugs – get close to the speakers and amps for tight spots to shoot from without losing your hearing
  • Walking to a good angle. Sometimes you gotta walk in front of people or *gasp* up on the edge of the stage for a better-than-camera-overhead-at-arms-length shot. (See next step for bonus tip)
  • Knowing people helps. Make friends with promoters, bands, and of course, the production crew. This makes creeping up onstage a little less likely to get you blasted by the guy running the fogger or moved back by stagehands. (I’ve run the fogger and been a stagehand… trust me on this one.)