I am Warren Millar, Fujiholics newest team member. I have already run some workshops for Fujiholics over the last year as well as regularly attending Fujiholics events and I am also looking forward to contributing to the Fujiholics blog. A little more on my photographer background can be found on my Fujiholics profile page.
What I do…
My main love is shooting live music which I currently do with my Fujifilm X series camera gear. I also shoot band/artist portraits, some of which are commissioned for album artwork.
My tools for the job…
I currently use Fujifilm’s X-Pro2 and X-T1 with the aim of upgrading the Fujifilm X-T1 to the newer and faster X-T2 at some point in the future. My lens choice for live music/portraits is Fujinon 50-140mm f2.8 R WR, 56mm f1.2 R, 18mm f2 R. Depending on the type of event I am covering, for example, a charity music event, I will usually include a Nissan i40 Flashgun which is handy if any P.R. companies request charity workers portrait shots etc. I often carry a light meter, I feel happier having this with me, but I am a bit strange like that!
In addition to my camera, one of the most vital items that I can’t stress enough to have is decent ear protection. As a live music photographer, you are often covering from within the pit area or from side of the stage. These areas are where the main P.A. systems are producing enough loud sound to cover the venue. A small enclosed venue is just as loud as an outdoor festival and the loudness of the speakers can be very damaging to your hearing. Decent ear protection rated for the level of sound you will be exposed to is a must. Ear protection will be something I will be covering at some point in the future.
Often overlooked but handy items to have are a pen and notebook. These come in handy for a various reasons; some venues may or may have a set list available so being able to jot down that information is vital if shooting an event with multiple artists and then referencing the acts during the editing stage when you get home.
What if I could only take one camera & one lens?
If someone told me that I could only take one camera and one lens with me to a gig, I think it would have to be my Fujifilm X-Pro2 & 50-140mm f2.8 although, I would easily swap the X-Pro2 for the brilliant Fujifilm X-T2 when I upgrade the X-T1.
Future blog posts…
I have some interesting blog posts coming up, but if there is anything you would like to ask me or cover, please feel free to email me via firstname.lastname@example.org
For the meantime, I will leave you with this recent image of the Josh, lead singer from a local band to me called “Book For Sunday”. Josh moved to Australia over a year ago so we would never have imagined seeing him perform at ‘The Studio’ again where they were regulars but Josh was home for the Christmas period and they reformed for one more gig which they live streamed to Josh’s mother in Australia.