Music Is My Drug is a weekly live music event in Shoreditch. I've photographed a few live events in that area but never at The Bedroom Bar. The evening consists of pre-booked acts and an open mic section which is judged and the winner is granted a slot at the following week's event as an artist in their own right.
I was there on 4 December 2012 and some of the acts were already signed to record labels, so the standard was high. They'd travelled from as far away as Manchester to perform, which suggests that Music Is My Drug is held in high esteem by those in the music industry.
It was challenging to photograph because it was very dark. I don't like using flash during live performances because I think it's really annoying for a performing artist to have a randomly-flashing, blinding light in their face. However, I needed flash on this occasion - did I mention it was dark?
I pointed my flash over my right shoulder, away from the performers using a technique called 'bounced flash'. The light from my flash hits whatever is behind my right shoulder - walls, ceiling etc and bounces back towards the stage. This bounced/reflected light illuminates the stage without distracting the performers or casting nasty shadows on the wall, so I get nicely exposed images and the artists aren't p*ssed off!
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