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Live through the lens

Written by LN Team / July 06, 2018

As you may know, we have many talented photographers who document our live shows for us, so we thought we'd feature a few of our regular shooters from across Australia to celebrate their work. 

Get to know Markus, Sean, Mikki, Georgia and Steven and check out their favourite live shots they've taken.

MARKUS RAVIK

LN: Can you please describe the feeling you get shooting an artist within arm’s reach from the pit

MR: Oh wow! Well, it can be a number of feelings, it's pure excitement and adrenaline for the most part. It can occasionally be a little scary or intimidating for certain performances ( GWAR, Trash Talk, or Insane Clown Posse are a few that spring to mind).

LN: What was the most memorable gig to photograph and why?

MR: My most memorable gig to photograph would probably be Justin Timberlake during his 20/20 Tour a few years back. That was one of the highest budget shows I had ever witnessed or photographed! Also, I was somehow the only shooter in the pit that night so I had free reign over the entire space.

LN: Let’s get technical. What’s your go-to gear?

MR: My kit includes a Canon 5D MKIII, Fujifilm X100F, Sigma 50mm 1.4 Art lens, Canon 16-35mm 2.8 lens, Canon 70-200mm 2.8 lens, and 2x Canon Speedlite 580EXII with remote triggers. Most commonly I'll just be using the Canon with my 50mm attached though - great all rounder lens! That being said, it doesn't matter too much what gear you shoot on, as long as you know how to use it well.

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SEAN FINNEY

LN: Can you please describe the feeling you get shooting an artist within arm’s reach from the pit

SF: Shooting an artist up close and personal from the pit just gives you such a great feeling of energy and excitement. You really feel like you’re apart of something, especially when you’re caught between the fans and the stage, theres a huge level of positive energy and excitement bouncing around and it’s amazing.

LN: What was the most memorable gig to photograph and why?

SF: It’s pretty hard to narrow down one gig because each one is my favourite in a different way. Shooting Illy At Metropolis Fremantle was a pretty special gig for me because it lead me to shooting the Two Degrees Regional tour earlier this year; which was a huge amount of fun and has left me with some incredible memories and good friends. Outside of that I’d also say honourable mentions go to Yelawolf, Stick to your Guns and Lil Yachty because not only were they amazing live shows, I really enjoy their music so it was pretty incredible to see it all up close.

LN: Let’s get technical. What’s your go-to gear?

SF: I really try not to get caught up in all the gear hype, I try to utilise what I have and not worry about what I don’t. That being said my go to live photo kit is either a 5D Mk III or IV with a 16-35 1.8 and a fast prime - generally a Sigma 24 or 50 1.4 I normally roll with a 70-200 in the bag incase I have to shoot from front of house but prefer a wide-mid lens to get up and close.

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MIKKI GOMEZ

LN: Can you please describe the feeling you get shooting an artist within arm’s reach from the pit
MG: Very surreal

LN: What was the most memorable gig to photograph and why?
MG: Probably a tie between AC/DC and Taylor Swift. AC/DC was the first stadium show I ever shot and they're one of my favourite rock bands ever. A truly iconic bunch. And Taylor Swift's 1989 tour was peak Taylor Swift. I've never photographed a show like hers before - the production along with the energy in the stadium and her stage presence is indescribable.

LN: Let’s get technical. What’s your go-to gear?
MG: My 50mm lens! It's my go-to lens for every show and event I shoot.

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GEORGIA MOLONEY

LN: Can you please describe the feeling you get shooting an artist within arm’s reach from the pit

GM: Photographing musicians, especially my favourite bands, is surreal. I'm  often in awe; sometimes I don't even register that they are there in front of me until I've left the photo pit.  When I turn around and see fans on the barrier, I'm reminded of how cool my job is. People are crying, singing along and having the time of their lives watching their favourite band - and I'm lucky enough to get up close and personal to document that performance. It's certainly anxiety-inducing, but so, so incredible.


LN: What was the most memorable gig to photograph and why?

GM: The most memorable was shooting Paramore in Melbourne earlier this year. They have been my favourite band for 9 years; I have their lyrics tattooed on my leg. I've never been more nervous to shoot a show in my entire life. It was insane, being so close to the people I've looked up to for so many years. Paramore have been at the top of my dream artist list, and to have the chance to actually photograph them was the most wonderful experience. 


LN: Let’s get technical. What’s your go-to gear?

GM: I shoot with a Canon 5D MkIII body, and swap out lenses based on the gig and venue. I always have my Canon 16-35mm handy for wide shots, my Canon 50mm for close ups, and if I'm at a festival my Canon 70-200 will always be on hand to tackle those tall stages. My 35mm Sigma ART f/1.8 lens has been an absolute workhorse; it's so crisp and really shines in low-light situations. I'm a big believer in learning to work with whatever gear you've got, but investing in lenses has always been a top priority for me.

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STEVEN COOK

LN: Can you please describe the feeling you get shooting an artist within arm’s reach from the pit

SC: It's gonna sound heaps cheesy but when I’m shooting a gig it’s like nothing else matters honestly, I just get in the zone and it’s a real indescribable feeling that I get. 

LN: What was the most memorable gig to photograph and why?

SC: I don’t remember the exact lineup but I’m pretty sure it was 23/19, Falcifer, Apate, The Gloom in the Corner, Vaela and another one that I can’t remember it was a gig at the Producers Bar in Adelaide, but there were a bunch of technical difficulties in the venue, a couple of the bands had to leave to catch flights home and it nearly got canned, but then the show got moved to the venues beer garden, heaps dodgy but heaps sick, met a bunch of life long friends that day, will always be my favourite gig. 

LN: Let’s get technical. What’s your go-to gear?

SC: I have a Canon 5DMK4 with a 24-70 2.8 lens, I also use a 35mm 1.4 Sigma Art lens and lately I’ve been using a Canon 8-15mm F4 fisheye lens. 

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