Behind the camera: Nadine Aucamp

Nadine0581 copy_300pxWho are you? I’m Nadine Aucamp, based in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Photography has been my life since 2011 and I’m thankful to be able to do it as a full-time job.

How did you get started? After high school I went on to study photography and afterwards I started freelancing & photography assisting. I’m mainly a portrait, event and (believe it or not) wedding photographer. I’ve always photographed gigs as a hobby. I love music and going to gigs, so naturally I just started to take my camera along. I work with a few music blogs, but there’s rarely money for gig-photographers. Even though I might only photograph gigs once a month, I have to admit there’s something special about it. The vibe, excitement, unrepeatable moments, I can’t get enough of it. And I probably never will.

What’s in the bag?

  • Canon 5D MarkII
  • Canon 50mm f1.4
  • Canon 24-70mm f2.8
  • Canon 70-200mm f2.8
  • Canon speedlite 600EX-RT

Which photographers do you admire?

Your top 3 tips for music photographers?

  1. Don’t be afraid to push your ISO and shoot at the lowest possible aperture.
  2. Don’t search for perfection – the image that best captures the moment can often be one with a slow shutter, off focus point or “bad” exposure.
  3. Try to change the perception where you’re shooting from as often as possible to keep your shots unique and fresh.

My favourite shot is? This one photo taken at a Billy Talent concert in South Africa has always been something special. The unique vantage point allowed me to capture this moment of pure passion and emotion while capturing the screaming fans in the background. For me, Billy Talent’s entire show is summed up in this one image.

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

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