I am lucky to have enough photographic chops to join the BottleRock 2014 festival photography team. This is a fairly new field to me - concert photography - but for the most part, it's the same as many events where you have to be on the lookout at all times for great shots. It's just a bit more structured, a bit more chaotic, a bit longer and a bit dirtier. "A bit" is an understatement.
How to prepare for such an event is beyond me. I know what I would do if I were a concert goer who planned on eating & drinking her way through three days. Been there, done that. I have never shot the entire experience. (Actually, now that I write that, that would be a very cool way to document the experience - Instagram videos, Vine videos, photographs from a true concert goer. I'm up for that job, BottleRock organizers!) Because I haven't done anything like this before, I'm going to over-prepare. As they say, you can never over-prepare or over-dress. Or at least I say that.
I think my skills will be put to good use - my business has been created to provide marketing & communications professionals with imagery they can use to promote their brand, business or product. This opportunity with BottleRock gives me a chance to practice what I preach. And there's LL Cool J for a bonus round.
Now, what am I bringing? I'm currently the definition of over-preparedness:
My backup this shoot is my FujiFilm X-M1 (not pictured...I needed to use something to take this photo!) which I figured was better than anything else I had. Wish list item #3823716: Mark III. I digress.
So we've got 3 pairs of shoes (blisters can take a man down), sunscreen, earplugs, baggies, socks, water bottles, bag of toiletries (Advil! Bandaids!), pens, chapstick, hair ties/clips/pins, laptop, laptop charger, cell phone chargers, cell phones...and to the good stuff: Canon 5D Mark II, rented Canon 70-200mmL, 24-105mmL, 50mm, 40mm, 85mm, a sling strap, a cushy strap, battery charger, extra battery, tape, EF lens mount for X-M1, CF cards (four 8GB, one 16GB, two 32GB), card reader, Speedlite flash, flash soft box, AA batteries, backpack, belt pack (nice way of saying fanny pack. I know.)
Wish me luck.