Behind the camera: Maulana Rabiul Akbar

My photoWho are you? Hi, I’m Akbar and I’m 22 years old. I’m freelance photographer based in Jakarta, Indonesia. I also work as an official photographer for band called “RAN”. I shoot mostly local gigs in my town, but beside that I also available for shoot wedding ceremony, food photography and others.

How did you get started? Before I learnt photography, I often attend local music events in my town with friends. I really love the live music. I started shooting 3 years ago and learn photography self-taught with my film camera, because my current money wasn’t enough to buy the digital camera. Then I worked as a graphic designer to saving for buying a digital camera. In 2012, I began to actively photographing live music, and I decide to join a community of stage photographer in Indonesia stage called “Stage ID”.

By joining the community, I learned a lot about concert photography. After that, I also had the opportunity to join some online media as a contributor and photograph some of the concerts here. Then I began seriously to create a portfolio about concert photography.

What’s in the bag?

  • Nikon D90
  • Nikon AF-S 18-105mm
  • Nikon G 35mm f/1.8
  • Nikon AF-D 85mm f/1.8
  • Samyang Fisheye 8mm f/3.5 for Nikon

Which photographers do you admire? I admire Adam Elmakias for sure. His work is extremely awesome. As a concert photographer, he also knows how to do his job very well. I also admire David Bergman. The photographs on his tour with Bon Jovi was an amazing work. Other photographers I admire is Ross Halfin, Jim Marshall, and Todd Owyoung.

Your top 3 tips for music photographers?

  • Stay active, keep shooting, shoot as much as you can.
  • Try to shoot as many types of music, venues, and lightings situations as possible.
  • Create a strong portfolio.

My favourite shot is? This photo is my all time favourite shot, RAN at Cravier 2014. The conditions in the spot when I photographed this moment is very hot due to fireworks. Before this moment happened, I had talked with their crew and they said: “when the last song, it will be a confetti and fireworks coming out.” So, I waited at the front of the stage and succeed to photograph this moment as well. Because of this photo, I had become their official photographer.

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