Flemming Bo Jensen
Hi, I am Flemming Bo Jensen and I am a concert photographer based in Copenhagen, Denmark.
I am in it for the music, but I’m a professional music photographer too. First and foremost, I am a very dedicated fan of music, especially electronic music.
I photograph music primarily because I love it and want to belong to that magical world. I had been going to music events for more than 12 years before I bought my camera along for the first time.
My first choice of job would be to be the artist playing on stage. I can’t, but I discovered I can photograph it and be part of the music world that way. I can document the music and I can put my love of music into the images. I have been lucky to be able to do that professionally for more than 6 years now.
I am an official Fujifilm X Series camera ambassador. I am also an official Red Bull Photographer and am represented by Gonzales Photo Agency. I am the author of the ebook GET IN THE LOOP – How To Make Great Music Images. I won Best Music Photo of 2018 in GAFFA Magazine, the biggest music magazine in Scandinavia.
My clients include Red Bull Music, Roskilde Festival, Above & Beyond, Strøm Festival, Kölsch, Bjørn Svin, The Minds of 99 and I have been published in numerous newspapers and magazines worldwide.
I have been photographing exclusively with the Fujifilm X Series cameras and lenses since 2012. I started out using the original Fujifilm X100 in 2011 and switched completely to using Fujifilm exclusively when the Fujifilm X-Pro1 was released in 2012.
In 2013 I was invited to be one of the official Fujifilm X camera ambassadors, called X-Photographers. I have since used almost all the Fujifilm X cameras.
My current favourite Fujifilm camera is Fujifilm X-T3. It is extremely fast and powerful with incredible image quality, even at very high ISO, which is important at the dark events I often cover. All of this, the large electronic viewfinder and flip screen makes it perfect for my concert photography.
I love using the fast Fujinon prime lenses. My two go-to lenses are the Fujinon XF16mm F1.4 R WR and the good old Fujinon XF35mm F1.4 R (I still use my original from 2012). I will often shoot entire concerts with just my two cameras and these two lenses.
I love how light and compact the Fujifilm cameras are, it makes me feel very free and creative. The gear never gets in my way.
When I need a longer reach I use the Fujinon XF50mm F2 R WR and the Fujinon XF90mm F2 R LM WR. When I need something wider I will either use the new Fujinon XF8-16mmF2.8 R LM WR lens or the Samyang 8mm F2.8 UMC Fisheye II.
Sometimes I have time to setup a quick portrait backstage or in the venue. To light it, I hand hold the very small and portable Amaran AL-M9 Mini Pocket LED Video Light.
Other things in my bag:
Extra batteries to be sure I can make it through a whole day at a festival without re-charging.
Earplugs! I will often spend hours standing right next to speakers or next to a band and you have to protect your hearing. I am finally getting custom fitted earplugs made, but the cone shaped musicians earplugs pictured here work well too and are inexpensive.
Headphones. I photograph concerts because I absolutely love music and there is often a lot of waiting around at gigs and festivals, so I always bring at least one pair of headphones. Pictured here are my very worn Urbanears Zinken.
Business cards. I give them out left and right in the hope someone will remember me.
A few Fujifilm Instax prints of some of my pictures, just for fun and inspiration.
Boba Fett. In charge of security and contract negotiations.
Being able to combine music and photography is a dream come true. Crank it up to 11. Dream Out Loud!