This week we’re featuring Andre Gordon, an absolutely legend behind the camera. He’s been shooting for London in Stereo since 2016 and has saved the day on so many occasions. He always picks up last minute shows and always delivers exceptional photos no matter what. As well as having a keen eye for concert photos, he knows the tech side of shooting like the back of his hand. He’s kindly provided details about his camera gear + the settings used for each photo. So if you’re a budding concert photographer, read on and take notes!

AJ Tracey at Alexandra Palace – November 2019

Canon 5D Mark IV, Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 II USM f/4.0, 85mm, 1/400, ISO 3200

I’ve never wanted to get a set of photos so right. AJ Tracey’s back to back sold out shows were a huge milestone for not just the UK rap scene, but music industry in the UK in general. An independent rapper achieving these heights was surreal. All of us in pit that day were documenting history and for this reason I wanted to get it right.

Denzel Curry at Roundhouse – December 2019

Canon 5D Mark IV, Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 II USM f/2.8, 24mm, 1/500, ISO 6400

Denzel Curry is one of my favourites, but he sure is one of the hardest performers to photograph. He gives the crowd every ounce of energy in his body when he runs and jumps up and down the stage. This concert was a challenge, but we got the shot that made it worth it.

Yxng Bane at O2 Academy Brixton – March 2019

Canon 5D Mark IV + Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 II USM – f/2.8, 70mm, 1/320, ISO 160

I can describe this concert in one word – RAW. For some reason I didn’t check my camera settings at this concert, resulting in me shooting the entire thing at ISO 160 (photographer talk). The images looked pitch black when I reviewed them on camera on the way home. Shooting in RAW saved me! The details that were pulled out the shadows were unbelievable.

Tory Lanez at O2 Academy Brixton – September 2018

Canon 5D Mark IV + Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 II USM – f/2.8, 31mm, 1/320, ISO 12800

This concert had a lot of “firsts”. It was my first time shooting for LiS, it was the first time I had photographed Tory Lanez (who was top of my Spotify Top Songs 2017) and it was the first time that I had 100% legit credentials lool. I knew I wanted to do music photography after this one.

Mr Eazi at O2 Forum Kentish Town – November 2019

Canon 5D Mark IV + Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 II USM – f/2.8, 44mm, 1/400, ISO 2000

I pride myself in being generally a punctual and orderly person, but this day it all went down the drain. There was a venue change that I didn’t know about. I went to the wrong venue, the O2 Academy Brixton 1 hour before Mr Eazi was due to perform at O2 Forum Kentish Town. I made a 1-hour dash across the city; ended up pushing a car that broke down outside Camden Station as it was blocking the road; I had to park my car about a mile from the venue as there were no spaces; and I arrived dripping in sweat from what felt like a marathon run from my car to the venue. Fortunately, Mr Eazi was running very late, so we got some cool shots in the end.

Andre is a London-based photographer specialising in live music, lifestyle and portraits. He his work has been featured in several renowned media outlets such as GQ, Notion, Complex UK, TimeOut and BBC. You can reach Andre at

mail@iamandre.co

www.iamandre.co

www.instagram.com/iamandre.g