Music photographer Alvin Ho gives us a flashback to some of the most exciting concerts he had shot at last year. Check out this walk down memory lane as he illustrates what a rocking year 2018 was for the music scene in Singapore!

With some of the hottest artists in the music industry gracing our shores, 2018 was a fantastic year full of concerts in Singapore! I’m very thankful and honoured to have been right where the action was. This allowed me to seize the moment and capture the same adrenaline rush and atmosphere as the fans experienced at the front row through my photos!

It’s rare to have an artist look into your camera while they are performing but I’ve been very fortunate to have witnessed these precious moments this year.

I’ve also had the privilege of capturing some of these images with the new Canon EOS R and EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM, that allowed me to have swift autofocus (AF) and superb speed, producing finely-rendered details, outstanding image resolution and exceptional low light performance.

St Jerome’s Laneway Festival

The music calendar’s curtain-raiser, St Jerome’s Laneway Festival is always vibrant and full of surprises and has to be my favourite festival of all time. The Singapore leg of the tour has always been exceptional but unfortunately, it won’t be happening this year. Here’s hoping it comes back bigger and stronger!

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV| EF15mm f/2.8 Fisheye | f/6.3 | 1/400 | ISO800

Incubus

Red lights are extremely difficult to capture. However, one of the most rewarding things in music photography is making the best out of the challenging situations. In this case, I’m glad the red lights worked in my favour and made frontman Brandon Boyd’s emotions extremely compelling.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV| EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM | f/2.8 | 1/320 | ISO4000

Crowd Lu

I rarely get to photograph artiste of the Mando-pop genre. Therefore, this was a very special experience for me. It was amazing how Crowd Lu managed to make a sold-out concert so intimate.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV| EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM | f/7.1| 1/250 | ISO3200

Arch Enemy

There are times that the lighting fits the mood of the shows, but a nightmare for the photographers. But for Arch Enemy, it just works and amalgamates with their distinct heavy sound.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV| EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM | f/4.0| 1/250 | ISO4000

Fall Out Boy

One of the very first pieces of advice I got when I first started out in music photography was “Do not forget the drummer”. Picking up anything from the obvious can result in the most rewarding images. Here I captured Andy Hurley of Fall Out Boy, who also spotted me too!

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV| EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM | f/4.0| 1/320 | ISO2500

Katy Perry

One of the most highly anticipated shows on the 2018 calendar was Katy Perry’s technicolour extravaganza. Without a doubt, this is my favourite shot of the year!

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV| EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM | f/5.0| 1/320 | ISO2500

Daughtry

My first shoot with the new Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM captured American Idol alumni’s Daughtry energy vividly and sharply despite erratic lighting conditions.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV| EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM | f/4.0| 1/320 | ISO3200

Joanna Dong

One of the main highlights of the year for me was the honour of documenting our national pride, Joanna Dong’s sold out concert upon returning from the renowned Sing! China. So many beautiful images were made from the show but this one taken with the Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM stands out as the reduced ghosting of the lens allowed be to capture the flare perfectly.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV| EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM | F/6.3|ISO 3200|1/400s

Extreme

The most epic shots aren’t always closest to the action – this is one thing I’ve learned over the years as a photographer. As a music photographer, sometimes you have to let where the image and sound takes you. Maximising the reach of the Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM, allows me to capture the action, away from the action.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV| EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM | F/5.6 | ISO 3200 | 1/400s

Baybeats Festival

Paying tribute to the Powerhouse stage of Baybeats as this is where it all began for me. This is the last time this stage will make an appearance as the venue’s site has been marked for construction of a waterfront theatre. Countless memories and experiences were created on and off this stage, for so many people and for so many reasons in our local music scene.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV| EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM| F/5.6 | ISO 4000 | 1/60s

Paramore

Paramore is one of the band what I’ve always wanted to photograph since I started on my music photography journey as they have so much magnetic intensity in their performances. These are the moments that I live for.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV| EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM | F/4.0 | ISO 3200 | 1/400s

Chance The Rapper

Spot on. Enough said.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV| EF70-200mm f/4L IS II USM| F/5.6 | ISO 1600 | 1/640s

Anne-Marie

The rising star at her very best while truly being her genuine self – keeping her infectious energy and connection with the audience.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV| EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM | F/4.0 | ISO 3200 | 1/160s

Kygo

What’s an EDM gig without some CO2 and pyrotechnics?! Kygo making sparks fly as he turned up the heat with his chart-topping tunes and mesmerising visuals.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV| EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM | F/8.0|ISO 3200|1/200s

Khalid

Catchy yet authentic. Khalid is a radio dominating stunner who turns teenage melodramas into generation-spanning anthems and delivers soulful and intimate performances.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV| EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM | F/6.3| ISO 3200 |1/400s

Guns N’ Roses

Rain or shine, the show must go on. Shot this in a very appropriate situation of the November Rain. The toughest shoot of the year, but no doubt the most satisfying.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV| EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM | f/5.6 | 1/500 | ISO4000

Judas Priest

The right kind of firepower was needed to document the ‘Metal Gods’ Firepower Tour. Shot Judas Priest with the new Canon EOS R and I had such an immersive experience with the camera. It produced a set of pictures of superb quality during the impressively splendid rock show.

Canon EOS R | EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM | ISO 2500 | 1/800s

 

The Weeknd

Ending the year with the “Starboy” himself – The Weeknd, with his debut sold-out show of R&B power. This shot was captured with the Canon EOS R but with my trusty arsenal of EF lenses thanks to the Canon EF-EOS R Mount Adapter.

Canon EOS R |EF70-200mm f/4L IS II USM | F/4.0| ISO 2500 | 1/640s

It was an absolute rocking 2018 and it’s gonna be hard to top this year, but I will definitely be climbing this intimidating yet unbelievably exciting mountain.

For more of Alvin’s music photography journey, do visit his Facebook or Instagram pages!