Herman Li’s ridiculously fast fingers and flowing hair, dueling keytars, and green striped leggings…. all part of your everyday Dragonforce show.
I first was introduced to Dragonforce during 2008′s Mayhem Fest. I loved them, and had so much fun shooting them that when I saw that they were playing at the House of Blues, I knew I had to shoot them again. I’m so glad I went. This show was even better than the first one. The band was constantly trying to one-up each other… I love bands that are musically talented and don’t take themselves too seriously. Totally grounded.
The hardest part of shooting Dragonforce is knowing where to look. The whole band is comprised of photo-friendly stars…the bright side is that you can’t go wrong; any shot you take will be interesting.
I definitely adore the wide angle for Dragonforce and almost exclusively used the 16-35mm (with just a dash of the 24-70mm thrown in)… their music has an epic feel, and they stick to the front of the stage, so I feel the wide angle conveys them perfectly. Fast shutter speeds are a must as well.
The lighting was great for this show – lots of colors, but with a mix of front white light. However, I had heard that others had some dark shows from this tour, so maybe I just hit it lucky.