Behind the camera: Tom Di Maggio

C85O4041-EditWho are you? My Name is Tom Di Maggio. I am a full time photographer based in Luxembourg. I started shooting concert in 2009 and haven’t stopped since.

How did you get started? I photographed one artist at a Jazz Rallye in 2008. A guy from a local radian station saw the shot on my website and asked me if I wouldn’t want to shoot concerts for them. He didn’t have to ask me twice. Since then I worked for magazines, local papers, bands and all kind of medias

What’s in the bag? I carry a Canon 1D MkIV, 50mm F1.8, 85mm F1.8, 27-70mm F2.8, 70-200mm F2.8 and a Fisheye 14mm F2.8. Earplugs, Leatherman Tool, a small Flashlight and spare batteries.

I used to shoot with two cameras, but I found that my composition was suffering from it. So I went back to switching lenses if I need to. I do however carry a spare Canon 5D with me, just in case.

I carry all this in a Think Tank Retrospective.

Which photographers do you admire? Ross Halfin, Alan Hess, Joe McNally and many many more…

Your top 3 tips for music photographers?

  • Always be aware of what’s happening on stage.
  • Know the “in’s and out’s” of your kit.
  • Don’t give up.

My favourite shot is? The photo above of Slash. I love that shot because I was invited to shoot Slash and Miles Kennedy in Paris. One day before leaving I was asked if I wanted to shoot a small promo for Gibson backstage. I spend all day and part of the night backstage with them and had a blast shooting them and the Gibson promo. Then during the first song Slash looked over and straight to me, paused for a couple of seconds and I just hit the shutter release.

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