I have been doing stage photography for several years for the Ottawa Folk and Jazz festivals. I have had the
opportunity to photograph a numbers of famous artists. This gallery will show some of my better results.
Stage photography is a real challenge because you never use flash, and depend on the lighting technicians to
give you interesting light. Movement and time to shoot are often restricted, meaning you have to get results
quick so as not to bother the audience unnecessarily. Going digital has certainly helped, because we used to
have to shoot with donated film, often at only 100 ISO. Now we can bump up the ISO to what we need. Shooting
set a manual is the ticket to maximizing the light you are given.
Here are some of the groups that played the Ottawa Folk Festival in 2005. The lighting was inventive
making for some interesting photography.
Sara Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion
Leslie Fiest and Band
Willie P. Bennett