Tonight we were introduced to the world of a press photographer who specialises in live music performances. It's not an environment any of us have experienced as photographers. But after seeing Howard Denner's photographs and listening to the stories behind them, we all had a very good idea of the challenges.
Howard described the many constraints he had to work with, such as constantly changing lighting, obstacles on the stage blocking the view, fellow photographers jostling for position, limited time and grumpy audience members. He also described some of the post-processing actions he used to produce the finished images.
It turned out our club members in the audience were a group of old rockers who proved pretty good at identifying the stars from way back when. Howard's photographs of the performers were so evocative that we all left the meeting feeling like we'd been at a live music concert back in the 1970s or 80s.