Feel is really important because you could be holding the camera for three songs or an entire day at a festival. So it’s got to feel good in your hand; it’s got to feel like part of your hand.
How the camera feels, how you hold it to your eye, how you find the menu, are all important because you’re in the dark. You’re under time limitation – of generally about 10 minutes per band. You need to be able to change things on the fly with relative comfort and ease. It’s got to feel right in your hand otherwise you’re never gonna get the result you want.
I used to think, it has to be full frame or it will never be good enough. And then I realised when I started out, I didn’t have a full frame camera – but I took great photos. Because I wasn’t thinking about it. I was just thinking about taking a good photo.
Battery life is super important. If you’re shooting a festival, how many batteries do you need to take?
I’m right-handed but the camera viewfinder goes to my left eye. And the reason it goes to my left eye is because I can watch the lights with my right.
I prefer a screen that flips down because if it flips out, it’s gonna get in the way; it’s a target!
They’re rare, but on those occasions when you’re shooting from the soundboard (at the back of the arena, behind the audience) you’ll generally have the camera on a monopod. A flip-down screen lets me see what I’m doing over the crowd while I control the camera via a shutter release.