|Pretty Lights and the TBDfest audience|
|Pretty Lights, TBD 2015|
|Pretty Lights, TBDfest|
Lights, smoke, lasers, video screens: giant illuminated balls on stage, balloons, glow-sticks, hoops in the crowd.
The pit is no place for photographers at most EDM events. At best, you'll get a few up-the-nose, laptop-obscured shots of the musician's face. They might be animated on stage, like Madeon, but often not. And you'll see none of the interaction or activity that you will at a rock concert.
(Access rights permitting), this is one time when you really, really, really want to be at the sound desk. If possible, up on a raised sound deck, with a view over the crowd. Take your longest lens.
You'll be photographing the atmosphere, not the performer. It's as simple as that. EDM+people=atmosphere, and be ready to be surprised with what you find in your camera.
|Audience enjoying Pretty Lights, TBDfest, Sacramento|
More photos from Pretty Lights' set can be found in the TBDfest Pretty Lights gallery. Also, some of the crowd shots are in the TBDfest People and Art gallery, too. And if you want to know more about how Pretty Lights music is created, there's a good documentary online, And all Pretty Lights music is available, free, on the website.
|Pretty Lights, TBDfest, Sacramento 2015|