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Behind the Scenes with Automatic Fire

Jared Polin August 20, 2010 8

Join me backstage as I capture images from the dressing room to backstage to the pit. I shot the entire day using the Nikon D3000 and various pieces of Nikon glass. The video was captured with the Nikon D3S and Nikon 16mm Fisheye.

I got to spend the day with Philadelphia based rock band Automatic Fire and capture behind the scenes images. Sit back and watch what happens back stage while I am capturing images. You will get to follow the journey from the dressing room to the stage for sound check and finally the show.

Mixed in the entire video you will see the images that were captured at that particular time along with all technical information.

At the end of the video there is a special “bootleg” recording of “Shake” by automatic fire www.theautomaticfire.com cut to a live performance as well as live photos cut in.

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  1. Joe Butorac August 20, 2010 at 8:58 pm -

    Great vid Jared, showing how its done. From the interaction with the band members to the camera movements and lens selection your really showing the whole process. And with the D3000, well done.

  2. Akos August 21, 2010 at 5:06 am -

    You’re spoiling us, Jared! Excellent video once again. Did we see Gizzy in the pit too?

  3. gina August 21, 2010 at 9:47 am -

    great, now I want a D3000. Not sure where to get that $200 lens though???

    seriously, amazing video worth the “replay”.

  4. Scott Davis August 22, 2010 at 3:44 am -

    Great video Jared , It really proves that you can get great shots with anything.

  5. Justin Eaton August 22, 2010 at 3:57 pm -

    Wows, awesome video. Can you list the glass you where using ?

    • Jared Polin August 22, 2010 at 4:07 pm -

      @justin Eaton In the video I used Nikon 35 1.8 14-24 w.8 24-70 2.8 70-200 2.8 and on the video it was just the nikon 16mm fisheye

  6. Alberto August 23, 2010 at 5:30 am -

    Hi Jared, this is one of the most informative photography videos I have ever seen. While watching a couple of questions arised, some things that a photographer would like to know.
    First, how did you get from the band the permission to follow them in the backstage and on stage and shoot them during “normal” pre-concert activities? Some advice would be useful for a beginner photographer who is not know among the bands.
    Second, were there some precise reasons why you decided to change lens at certain points during the video, or you just tried them all to make us see how they work?
    Thank you for your awesome work!

  7. Gizzy O'Toole August 23, 2010 at 10:11 am -

    Super awesome D3000 vid! That was a fun night too. Your shots came out really really good. Candids are always a favorite. The picture of Walt on stage with his legs crossed in a classic Lafty swagger is killer. hahahaha That Nikon 24-70 2.8 ya got is a wicked piece of glass!