Bryan Sutter: Meet the 2014 Best Music Photographers in St. Louis

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Bryan Sutter
White Mystery

What dos/don'ts do you have for young photographers who would like to pursue this type of work?

Don't quit your day job. Seriously.

Bryan Sutter
Major Lazer

Pick one of the photos you've submitted and tell us a little about it: Where was it shot, who is featured and (most importantly) how did you capture it? We'd love to hear logistical description or technical breakdowns or whatever else you want to tell us.

I've always been partial to this photo of Major Lazer's Walshy Fire that I took at Lollapalooza in 2013. A lot of EDM acts are pretty boring to photograph, but Major Lazer stands out as one of the big exceptions. At a massive festival like Lollapalooza it was expected that the group would be a highlight of the weekend. Diplo and Walshy Fire effortlessly worked the crowd during the performance, but one of the more memorable moments came when Walshy jumped off the stage and into the crowd. As he crowdsurfed back to the front of the stage, a box was placed on his head. It was the very same box that Diplo had tossed into the crowd near the beginning of the set.

Obviously, the chances for something like that to happen in such a huge crowd were pretty slim, and even though there is something incredibly pedestrian about the occurrence, a lot of people freaked when they realized what just happened. To get this shot, I had to place myself flat against one of the large subs that lined the front of the stage. Since I was shooting with a telephoto lens I needed to put as much space between myself and the subject to get the composition that I desired. There was something a little surreal about feeling the bass go through my body as I captured the moment.

Settings: ISO 2000 1/500 F4 @ 75mm with a Sony a99 and a Minolta 70mm-210mm F4 lens.

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