He is the first guest speaker to offer advice on diet and exercise, but he said broccoli, oily fish and pilates were crucial to his success, because keeping supple and able to crouch at the side of the stage was key to getting the shots he wanted. Other advice was more conventional and we learned which lenses he would use and why, how to cope with the stage lighting variations and his preferred ISO/aperture/shutter speed combinations for different scenarios. As well as brilliant shots showing the musicians at their best, he gave us creative example of panning and zoom blur for dramatic and abstract effects. many of us were grateful for John’s practical tips, such as always shutting off your back screen and dressing in dark colours, to stay unobtrusive and taking lots of shots, in order to capture the moment.
John started out as a journalist and was able to really extend his photographic interests after taking early retirement and his talk was another fine example of how following your passion has to go hand in hand with hard work, sensitivity and good practical applications of the art and science involved. Many thanks, John!
Check out John’s work: http://www.jazzcamera.co.uk