For our latest #audioloveshowcase we are delighted to shed light on the phenomenal works of @hummerphotography. This Austrian photographer continually delivers a wonderful aesthetic, moments that are frozen expertly and post processed to perfection. HIs knowledge of photoshop and passion for concert photography show throughout his work and allow him to create images which are of a consistently high standard. We caught up with Jux to find out more about his concert photography and tips on how to take your images to the next level. Read our interview with Jux below!
Tell us about the origins of your love for photography?
I‘ve been interested in photography since i had photo shootings with my band back in the days. So there came a day when i sold one of my guitar amps, got myself a camera and went to a concert the same night. And that‘s when i learned to love photography in all it‘s facets
What is your choice of gear and lenses in your kit bag for a concert?
I‘m using a Nikon D600 full frame and a Nikon D500 crop with Nikkor lenses 10.5 fisheye, 14-24mm f 2.8, 24-70mm f 2.8 and 70-200mm f 2.8
Where is the true magic and aesthetic created for your shots, is it in capturing the moment perfectly or is it in the post process?
In my opinion it‘s both of them. You need a good powerful shot to give it the “punch“ and the finishing touch in post process. It should be a symbiosis. You really can make your pictures pop with proper editing.
Who has been your favourite artist/band to shoot and why?
One of my favourite bands to shoot is Europe with the mighty front man called Joey Tempest. I just love the way he is interacting with all of the photographers in the pit and trying to pose for each of them so everybody gets his shot.
How important is post in making a stunning shot become exceptional and what is your choice of software to make this come to life?
For me it‘s very important. I‘m using Lightroom and Photoshop. I don‘t think there‘s a single shot which wasn’t edited only in Lightroom. I do my basic adjustments in LR and then switch to PS where i edit things like contrast, sharpness, colors/vibrance, etc.
I‘m also using the Nik Collection but then play around with the layer‘s opacity or blending style.
What advice would you give to a photographer wanting to take the quality of their portfolio to the next level/ What should they focus on?
The most important thing is your composition. Try to get it right in the camera. Also try to capture the special moments on stage. Sometimes it just happens, sometimes you have to anticipate.
Get familiar with your editing software, check out tutorials, go shoot different things (not only concerts). You will get better and better every time you take some shots, doesn’t matter if it‘s a landscape, portrait, sports, macro or anything else. It‘s all about practice like learning an instrument.
Where can we find more of your work?