LIVE BAND PORTRAIT WORKSHOP WITH MICK HUTSON
BY CLARE HARVEY-MAY
Tynesider and ex-North Sea rig worker Mick, wiped the oil from his hands and picked up a camera to kick start a celebrated career in rock photography. Now 15 years later he shoots mainly for Q, Mojo, Metal Hammer, FHM and The Times along with contributing to numerous exhibitions and books. A recent convert to Micro Four Thirds system cameras, Mick wielded his OM-D E-M1 with devastating effect as one of three contributors in the ‘Olympus Goes to Glastonbury’ exhibition.
Using a small selection of lenses and three flash guns, Mick Hutson began his workshop by showing how easy it was to get great images without having a professional studio set up and how to make the best of an impromptu indoor space.
5 piece rock band, The Treatment, delighted the workshop attendees with an acoustic set, whilst Mick demonstrated how important it is to converse with your subject to get the best results.
The band were then moved outdoors, where the attendees had the opportunity to shoot an urban style image and album cover, using the landscape to enhance the band without their instruments. Mick revealed many useful photography tips including choosing edgy backdrops, how to pose a band and walking backwards whilst shooting!
All workshop attendees used the Olympus OM-D EM1 or OM-D EM5 with combinations of Olympus M.Zuiko 12-40mm f2.8, 12-50mm f3.5-6.3, 75mm f1.8 or 45mm f1.8 lenses. An informative class and highly enjoyed by all. A few albums may well have been purchased since too!