Behind the camera: Joy Dana

portraitsw1Who are you? Hey, my name is Joy Dana, I’m 19 and from Karlsruhe in Germany. I’m trained graphic designer and start to study in March this year, besides that I’m working as a freelance photographer for several online and print magazines around here.

How did you get started? I started at the age of 14 with concert photography. My dad had to take me to every concert in the beginning as I wasn’t old enough and I’m glad and grateful he did. I just went to photograph more and more gigs and then I was unstoppable. I can’t actually remember why I did start with concert photography, but I know that I love it and it’s the best thing that happened to me!

What’s in the bag? Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon AE-1, Sigma 24-70 f/2.8, Canon 50mm f/1.8, Canon FD 50mm f/1.8, b/w analog film, self-made filter

Which photographers do you admire? The photographers I admire most are Jim Rakete and Martin Schoeller. But there are a lot more photographers that are so great!

Your top 3 tips for music photographers?

  • always do RAW shots
  • be nice and friendly
  • give all the best and have fun

My favourite shot is? My all time favourite shot is the one of Kraftklub at Rock’n’Heim last year. It might not be the best quality and composition but it did show me a effect I now started to use for every photo I take. Also I love the colours and the emotions it gives me. The picture just feels right. I love it.

How can we find out more about you and find more of your work? 

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