Music Photography by Joe Papeo

Paul Van Dyk at Hammerstein Ballroom

paul-van-dyk-at-hammerstein-3Hammerstein Ballroom, NYC, 2.15.14 – Photos of legendary EDM DJ Paul Van Dyk playing a 6 hour set at a sold-out Hammerstein Ballroom on February 15, 2014.

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I usually like to bring flash with me to drag the shutter and create some cool shots, but even without my flash that night, I like what I came away with.  The tricky part is that even with all the great lighting, the DJ is rarely lit well at an EDM show.  And with stage access, the flash would have come in handy.  I shot between 3200 and 6400 ISO most of the night.  Paul was very elevated so the stage access was a big help.  And its important to not take advantage of the rules you are given as not to spoil it for the next time.  Go up to the booth, grab some shots, and get the heck out of there for a while.

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