I’m Rodrigo. I live in Santiago, Chile and I’m a 37 years old lawyer working in communications. I’ve also been taking pictures of live music bands without flash for more than 6 years.
And why is this “without flash” thing important? Because it’s not only the name of my personal project (a book I recently published) “Music Without Flash”, but also its motto, as I’ll tell you later.
I’ve been taking pictures of bands since 2009. In the beginning it was a way to skip ticket prices, but now it’s the only way I can see live music, with a camera in my hand and a bunch of lenses hanging on my shoulder.
The first ones were from an Erlend Oye show that I took with a Nikon D90 and a Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG EX HSM, borrowed from a friend. Next week I bought both of them and an aunt brought them to me from the USA.
A few years later I upgraded my gear to a Nikon D7000 and also added a Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG EX HSM and a Sigma 15mm f/2.8 DG EX.
I only take digital pictures for “work”. The rest of the time I’m a film photographer. I have 2 Nikon F100 and I just changed my old Minolta XD11 for a Nikon FE2 with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4 D and a Nikon 28mm f/2.8D. I also have a Hasselblad 500C with a Carl Zeiss 80mm f/2.8 and a Carl Zeiss 50mm f/4 that I should use more often.
For my band pics I mostly use the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 lens because it gives me more visual range for a subject that is constantly moving. You never know what a good performer is going to do next, so you better be prepared for going wide or closing up.
The Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 I use for the details, the images that the public normally can’t see. The Sigma 15mm f/2.8 is perfect when the singer gets into the crowd.
I’ve just published my first book containing more than 80 pictures of bands, from Hotchip (2010), Kanye West (2011), Pulp (2012), Blur (2013) to Lorde and The Jesus & Mary Chain (2014). All of the pictures were taken without flash and have not been photoshopped, cropped or have any other post production whatsoever. You can see what I shot for good or bad (I try to think that it was for good).
You can see part of my work on my site and you can also buy my book ($38 USD shipping incl. for USA) It’s a self-edited publication so if all goes well I might be getting some new gear thanks to you ;) If you are interested, please send me an email via my website.
I’ve never taken pictures of bands abroad and that’s one of my dreams. Maybe going as a photographer to Lollapalooza, Coachella or Glastonbury (where I’ve been twice as a spectator). So if you like my work and you prefer a good eye more than a good retouch, you can always contact me via my site.