Latest gig photography with the Canon 24-70mm L

I’ve been a busy bee with gig photography this week, first photographing Wild Beasts on Monday night at Norwich Waterfront and then Wednesday night The Maccabees’ show at UEA’s LCR. They’re the first gigs I’ve photographed with the latest addition to the lens bag; the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L, and my God has it made a difference!

Particularly at Wild Beasts’ gig, the 24-70 lived up to the hype that it’s one of the best all round lenses. Images are sharp at 2.8 (something a previous lens I was using certainly wasn’t) and the way that it deals with direct light from spotlights high above the stage was fantastic; virtually no flaring whatsoever, instead it produces this awesome starburst effect.

Falsetto vocalist Hayden Thorpe of Wild Beasts

The Maccabees Live in 2012 NorwichGuitarist Hugo White of The Maccabees

Orlando Weeks Lead Singer of the Maccabees, gig, live in NorwichOrlando Weeks, Lead Singer of The Maccabees

Wild Beasts‘ vocalist, bassist and keys: Tom Fleming

Sky Larkin's Katie Harkin on keyboard for Wild BeastsGuest Appearance: Sky Larkin’s Katie Harkin on keyboard for Wild Beasts

Check out more photos from The Maccabees and Wild Beasts gigs on my Flickr Photostream

Extraction Protocol: Behind the Scenes on FXHome fan-film

Back in September last year FXHome put together two awesome short fan-films to show off their HitFilm software and I was asked to capture all the goings-on behind the scenes. The first film ‘Knightfall’ (inspired by Batman: Arkham City) came out back in November and recently the second of the shorts, ‘Extraction Protocol’ (inspired by Deus Ex: Human Revolution) was released.

Now the making-of video that I shot behind the scenes is up online. Have a watch:

12 months in 2 minutes: Showreel

It’s just over a year since I bought my Canon 60D and it has been an eventful year for me, going from TV company intern to fully-fledged freelance and self-employed DSLR fanatic. I’ve had a go at almost everything; music videos, short films, corporate videos and most recently, timelapse. This is my first showreel, a collection of shots and scenes I contributed to on 20+ projects in 2011. Enjoy!