My old partner in software development crime, Adam Smith, is a man of
many interests: graphic design, user interface engineering,
record/CD/DVD/book collecting, music — especially flamenco percussion,
coffee, ranting and photography. This entry is about that last interest.
Since moving back to Vancouver from Toronto, he’s started a freelance photography business,
and his work is excellent. He specializes in available-light (a.k.a.
Flash Free photography), which I prefer myself — especially for live
events. He’s written up an explanation behind this preference:
Firstly it’s distracting to the performers and the audience. The performance is the reason
those people are all there, and most people in the room will have payed money to be a part
of the event. Excessive use of flashes is just rude.
Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, I want my photographs to be a representation of what
the audience saw at the performance. If the performance was dark and moody, the photographs
should reflect that. Performers choose lighting carefully –
it’s as much a part of the presentation as their appearance and the sound quality.
If you’re out in the Vancouver area and you need a photographer for a
live event, Adam Smith is your man! Tell him Joey sent you.
Chuck D, photographed by Adam Smith.