The DIY Tour 08 is organised by the Turn It Up project, part of an organisation which helps young music bands by giving them an opportunity to perform to an audience, and more. They also run workshops at some venues before the concerts where they give practical advice on other aspects of performance, including sound, visual effects, performing and photography. I went along to one of these yesterday to see what is involved in a band photoshoot.
The workshop was led by Chris Redshaw, who is a graphic designer with various talents. He gave advice on shooting a band, including what the photograph should say about the band, what to wear, how to pose and props you could use, like instruments.
I stayed afterwards for the concert and met some of the other guys involved in the workshops, including Julian Butt who is in charge of the project, Graham who did visuals (VJing), and James who did the live sound. Later that evening I also met Tristan Poyser, a commercial photographer who was really helpful and gave me some advice for using flash, something which I had never considered since it is usually prohibited. But using flash creatively gave some really nice results which are different to the style that I usually employ, bright and conveying motion as opposed to dark, moody and static.
Below are some of the results, there will be more photos on the website soon.