Remy de Klein is an amazing photographer/designer based in Amsterdam. Most of the time he’s shooting the biggest dance events in the world!
He loves to capture spontaneous moments and is always looking for energetic shots. He is also doing some real estate photography and sometimes portraits if the circumstances come together. But all with the same vision, capturing spontaneous non-forced moments.
Why do you love taking photos?
As is worked the last 10 years as an Art director (and still do bytheway) i worked a lot with photos and editing photos etc. I was always looking for the best, most stunning images to find out there. After my internship at a big commercial photography studio is was sold to photograpy and start floating my own way towards event photography because the stills in the studio wasn’t exciting enough for me (i’m a energetic person, maybe thats why i guess 😀 ).
You have done big dance events around the world like, Tomorrowland, Ultra Music Festival Miami and Mysteryland. Tell me more about these events.
I own a company called exQlusiv.com (this is a online dance music network where you will find the latest news about the dance industry, interviews , livesets and more) and since I got in to photography I started going to all the related big events like Tomorrowland, Ultra etc. So that is how it started.
If you’re not familiar with this kind of events let me explain i.e Ultra Music Festival Miami.
”Imagine thousands (like 30.000+) of people who are high of energy and being stoked to come from all over the world to go party for 3 days long. They scream, put up hands high, crawling on each others back to stand out. Even some surf with inflatable boats over the people (yes this is reality what you just read)
All the top DJ’s are playing their best sets (Tiesto, Armin v Buuren, Deadmau5 and many more) Ultra is one of the most interesting places to shoot. My mission was to capture the exact feeling of the energy that was there. I wanted to get real, spontaneous photos of the people who made this festival happen and of course the best shots possible of the massive (like +/- 60feet) stage with the fireworks and all his possibilities.
What is your secret when photographing these colorful dance events – with all the music and people and famous artists?
I think the secret is that i’m constantly on the lookout for the exact moments to capture, sometimes I have some particularly shot in my head that I would like to capture, and I won’t get away from that moment until I’m satisfied with my capture. Even if it means that I need to take 30 photos of someone who is enjoying a ride on someones neck.
Besides that I think i have a little advantage in post production, I have 12 years of experience with Photoshop for example. Sometimes it can help a little to get the final touch on the image.
What are some other photography projects you enjoy working on?
I really like to do real estate photography, my first real estate project was the presidential suite at W Hotel in Barcelona.
After then I was sold. It can really help the way people see your hotel/room/villa etc. because with the wide-angles and long exposure shots it’s just a different level then when someone comes by and takes some photos with i.e. a point and shoot or iphone or whatever. In a professional way it’s good to have great photos of your property/company.
What kind of a camera and lenses do you primarily use and how do you select your equipment?
This is my list of gear in use:
– Canon 5D Mark III
– Canon 16-35 2.8 USM II
– Canon 24-70 2.8 USM MACRO
– Canon 70-200 2.8 L
Of course I didn’t start this way, I started with a 450D + 18-55 KIT lens.
My vision is that you first ‘know’ why you should need some particular lenses instead of buying lenses all other photographers also have.
So along the way I needed 2.8 glass for the dark clubs and nightlife festivals (and the nice blur). And I also liked the wide angle shots with the 16-35, which is also needed for real estate photography.
I have a new lens in mind, that is the new Sigma 35mm 1.4 ART , this lens is the one highest on my list 🙂
Can you name some tips for those who want to start taking photos of musicicans?
Event photography is a different kind of sports. Light is constantly changing, LED screens are popping on and off. You need to stand in the middle of a very crowded place packed with people who are throwing beer, jumping and want you to take photos of them.
Personally I like the madness. Thats’ why i’m still doing it i guess so.
So Tip 1: prepare for that.
Tip 2: You need some low light lenses, In my opinion at least 2.8 or less.
Tip 3: Go out and first shoot 5/10 shows. You will get used to the lights and circumstances before you are going for the real job.
Thanks Remy for taking the time for this chat and giving us an insight into your eventful photography 🙂
And remember to check out Remy’s site: