This past Saturday night I was on my way back from College Station on the outskirts of Dallas when I found out my brother’s band, Mankind Forever, who were supposed to go on earlier that night at The Prophet Bar in Deep Ellum, got pushed back to where I was able to drop by and check out their performance. The place was packed with fans and people there to see them, and they didn’t disappoint with a great show and some amazing music, with a ton of energy on stage and in the crowd. Chase and Cole (my younger brothers) are featured in most of the photos I shot for obvious reasons, and both share time on the keyboard, at lead guitar and on the mic, with 100% originally written music. If you haven’t had a chance to check them out live and you live in the Dallas up to North Dallas area make sure you check them out on Facebook to keep up with their upcoming shows and new releases!
For the shots, I used my Canon 60D with a 50mm 1.8 Canon lens, and it was definitely a struggle to get all the shots I wanted. For the first time I felt like I was more limited by my equipment than I liked, wishing I had a wider angle 24mm lens for the crowd shots in limited space with the 1.4/f having been nice for the low light, along with a better body (MKIII…drool) to cut back on the significant noise from having to use a much higher ISO than I prefer. The 60D is pretty notoriously bad with higher ISOs when it comes to noise, and I would have liked to pump up my shutter speed as to eliminate some of the motion blur but didn’t have too many options. A nice flash would have been preferable as well, as I’m looking to try out a technique called “dragging the shutter” to produce some pretty cool shots that work well with concerts and dance environments.
I still was happy enough with how they turned out, although I had to do more editing again than I probably should, but that’s still where my strengths are at this point in my career. I think they enjoyed them as well and can use some for their pages and promotional materials so overall it was a really fun night and I was able to work through some new challenges to gain experience as well. For a paid gig, I have a better idea of what kind of equipment I could rent or borrow and what I’d like to plan to purchase next. It’s crazy how you can never have enough gear when it comes to photography, there’s always that one more thing!