This is probably my favorite shot ever, shot at one of my first concerts as a concert photographer, way back in 2010. It is also the only one of my shots that I have on my wall. In the photo you see the two guitarists of the Norwegian rock band Audrey Horne playing at the always fantastic Garage in Bergen. I’m not quite sure what it is exactly that I like so much about it, but I think it has something to do with the somewhat abstract feel of it (also, the Gibson Les Paul is my favorite guitar!). Shot from the side of the stage with a 70-200mm, as there was no photo pit.
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Now, this is an editing technique I relied heavily on for a while. With the 2010 process of ACR (Adobe Camera Raw), my starting point would be to set the “black” slider all the way to the top (in 2010 terms, that would be as dark as possible) – and there already you would see almost the finished result. When the 2010 process got replaced by the 2012 one, it got a bit more tricky, but not impossible (and a lot more controlled). My main goal in editing, was to get a lot of contrast and heavy dark areas without blowing out the highlights too much or burning out the midtones. So, as you can see above, I push the contrast and blacks a lot, but I also compensate with the shadows and highlight to retain some detail. In Photoshop, I just burn a bit in the shadows to clean things up a bit and add some unsharp mask.