In a year that looks like another big one for electronic music in N.I., the year's 1st Shine event took place on Saturday past. Dusky headlined the night, with a strong line-up featuring Danny Daze, Peggy Gou, Truncate, Chris Hanna, Kapoor and Schmutz playing 2 different rooms in the one night!
Now, to be honest, I was only familiar with half the acts, but my standout set was Peggy Gou in the famously rowdy; Bunatee Bar. Plus the fact she is stunningly beautiful (especially compared to your average DJ) which always makes a photographer's job a lot easier ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
On the technical side of things, I stuck to my usual setup for Shine; 2 x Speedlite flashes on light stands, wirelessly triggered from my Canon ST-E2 trigger. With one on either side of the main stage. I threw in some coloured gels for most of the DJ portraits, which is always good to keep things fresh for two reasons; the bright white flash gets a bit boring after a while and it allows you to be in creative control of the light.
If you rely on the events lighting it will be more luck that comes into play, although the lighting tech did help me out a lot by turning off the smoke machine for the DJ shots.
Here I used an orange gel in the background, with blue in the foreground. I realised in post-production, that it just looks like natural flash so I don't think I'll bother next time, as you could get the same effects by adjusted white balance.
Here is a link to the Resident Advisor photo album - click me pls
All in all, it was a great night for varied artists and a good crowd to match. Next up comes Denis Sulta in Limelight, followed by Kolsch the next day in Shine!