Who are you? I’m Andrew Downie, but I shoot under the name A D Zyne. I’ve been a film maker for over a decade and recently channeled that experience into shooting bands.
How did you get started? For as long as I can remember I’ve always been interested in photography, but never thought I was good enough to do it. I’ve been a film maker since about 2003 and actively involved in music. So it was only a matter of time before I started dabbling in music photography.
For years, I’d go along to local shows and grab some shots with whatever camera I owned at the time (from compacts, to bridge, to DSLR). I’d then send them onto the artist/band through myspace or facebook. Looking back at some of these images, I was terrible, but it was all part of the learning process. During this time, I wasn’t really progressing. This was mainly due to the fact I didn’t see myself as a gig photographer, I just took photos at shows. Because of this, I didn’t actually do much, or even care much about it.
Last year, a friend of mine had a spare photo pass for a music festival. Knowing I was interested in concert photography, he gave me the opportunity to go along and shoot some bands. It was definitely a turning point for me. I got to be in the photo pit with so many different photographers with a diverse range of experience. I spent 3 days constantly on my feet running from stage to stage, getting as much experience as I could. I was able to shoot under different lighting situations as well as rain, mud and sun. It gave me so much that I knew that I wanted to do so much more.
Within a week of the festival, I was applying for photo passes wherever I could as well as being offered further opportunities by my friend.
What’s in the bag?
- Canon 550D
- Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6
- Canon EF 50mm f/1.4
- Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L
Which photographers do you admire? Right now, I’m usually keeping an eye on Christian Ripkens, Javier Bragado & Tim van Veen
Your top 3 tips for music photographers?
- Be nice/communicate with other photographers in the photo pit
- Don’t be afraid to learn new techniques that seem out of your depth
- Don’t be put off by a bad shoot
My favourite shot is? My favourite shot (although maybe not considered my ‘best’ shot is one of Callum from the band Prides which I captured during YNOT Festival in 2014. I had just got a new lens that morning (Canon 100-400mm) and it was one of the first shots I got with it. Shooting with a new lens at my first festival (as a photographer) was such a turning point for me. The photo reminds me of that feeling every time I see it.
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