My name is Logan Reid, if that isn't apparent enough. I do photography, media interviews, and live concert footage of bands in today's music industry. One day hoping to do photo shoots and be touring as a photographer. This is where my real passion is.
Everything started for me when I was 16, I was still listening to mainstream metal and top 40 music, until one night on September. 24th, 2009, my friends decided to take me to my first concert ever. I was going to see Silverstein, A Day to Remember, and Ten Second Epic on their Canadian tour. The amount of energy that everyone brought, as well as how interactive all of the bands were blew my mind. I remember the first time I moshed to Mr. Highway's Think About the End and crowd-surfing during My Heroine. What I found to be completely unbelievable though was when I met Andrew of Ten Second Epic, and getting pictures with him. My camera got destroyed in a circle pit, but after that, I was determined to start taking photos at shows so I could remember all of them.
I started doing something I'll never recommend, I started taking photos on a camera of my flip-phone. The quality was absolutely horrendous, yet it lasted me for about a year I think. It was during this period of time though, where I figured out what I wanted to do with all of this. I went to the 2010 Vans Warped Tour, to this day my favourite concert I've ever gone to. The amount of energy bands such as Attack Attack!, Enter Shikari, and I See Stars brought was crazy, especially in a huge outdoor environment. Then to see all the bands simply walking around, being able to talk to them, get autographs, and photos with them, it changed me, this is when I decided I want to make music a part of my life. Of course though, I couldn't do that with a cell phone camera.
My first camera I started using was a Samsung ES73, a cheap little camera that for me only working 8 hours a week, was the only thing I could afford. I took it to shows such as A Day to Remember, We Came As Romans, Pierce the Veil, and many more I couldn't remember, at this point I was already a concert junkie. This is when I also started eventually filming live performances. The first show I took it to was the Alternative Press tour of spring 2011. Black Veil Brides was headlining the show with Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows, VersaEmerge, and Conditions. I filmed the first song of each of their sets, and uploaded them to YouTube. It both shocked and amazed me when they were all getting close to a thousand views each. After that I knew I had to start filming more, and started filming entire bands sets. It was tiring, but the excitement it gave me when thousands of people would watch what I was posting was well worth the pain of holding a camera above everyone's heads for a half hour or more at a time.
I used that for about a year until I decided to buy an HD camera. I bought the cheapest piece of HD garbage money could buy. I got an SVP HDV 1120, which is a little flip camcorder that happens to be HD video quality. The video wasn't too bad but the sound was horrible. This all happened at the same time I was approved to do official media for the first time at concerts. The first place to let me come and shoot was for the S.C.E.N.E. Music Festival in St. Catherines. It ended up not too bad, but I was a mess and everything was confusing. I was filming with a camcorder, and taking photos with a little digital camera. Looking back, most of it is just terrible. I also did my first interviews that day. I had managed to line up interviews with one of my favourite bands in Abandon All Ships, and My Ticket Home. The first interview with Abandon All Ships, as any of you who happen to follow me should know, it never got posted. I had ZERO audio equipment, and the band wanted to do it pretty close to a stage who had another artist performing, needless to say you could barely hear anything. Not to mention, how cheesy it was due to how nervous I was.
As bad as that was, it got me access to a much bigger show, the Vans Warped Tour 2012. I was being given the chance to shoot for some of my favourite bands in Of Mice & Men, Yellowcard, and Sleeping With Sirens just to name a few. Of course though, I needed a new camera, I wasn't going to put myself through more crappy videos and photos. So I bought a Nikon Coolpix L810. If you happen to know cameras at all, you know that's a digital camera, but at that time, I wasn't too well educated. I thought I was buying a DSLR. Needless to say, while the quality was still really good for a digital camera it did not perform up to expectations. While the video quality was good, I couldn't use any of the audio. This is when I discovered how bass can kill out your audio and turn it to static. That's what happened to me, even when shooting from over 100m away. So I quickly got rid of that camera.
So for once I did a little research on cameras. While not getting too much attention, I had tons of local bands requesting me to cover their shows, and even got access to do media at some bigger shows like Underoath's farewell tour, and even got to go backstage with Blessthefall and A Skylit Drive at their show.
A lot has happened since then. I've gotten even better equipment to use, and have had the opportunity to shoot some huge artists, do more interviews, now I just continue and hope for the best, try and to make my dreams of getting on tour to come true.
If you read this full thing... I LOVE YOU! <3
Phone: (519) 865-0966
Q: How did you get started?
A: Back in 2012, I saw a link to apply for press coverage at a festival in St. Catharine's, Ontario called SCENE Fest. While that festival isn't running anymore, I've heard they have plans to start back up again. Anyways, I had been following a bunch of tour photographers and they had told me I needed press credentials to gain access to the photo pit / area. So I saw this link and the festival sent me a form. When looking at the form I had noticed that in order to get credentialed, you had to work for a website, or magazine. I decided to make my own website (loganreidtv at that time) using photos and video I had taken with either my phone or a crappy camera, and amazingly enough, I actually got approved.
Q: How do you get in to shows?
A: As mentioned within how I got started, in order for me to get into shows with my camera equipment, I have to be credentialed. In most cases I get in contact with a band's publicist and they'll put me on a press list, other times I'll go directly through a band member who have used my photos before or the band manager.
Q: What equipment do you use?
A: At the moment I'm using a Canon 6D DSLR camera for all my still photos. Usually I'm using a 24-105mm f/4.0 lens or a 50mm f/1.8 lens. For my videos I use a Sony DSC-HX50V or a GoPro Hero3 Black Edition which I'll sometime attach to my camera if not too limited in space. Other equipment I have used include:
Thanks! - COMPANIES / ARTISTS WHO HAVE BELIEVED IN ME, AND GIVEN ME MANY OPPORTUNITIES
Abandon All Ships, Asking Alexandria, Big Picture Media, Billy Talent, Blessthefall, Breathe Carolina, Bring Me the Horizon, Comeback Kid, Courage My Love, Crown the Empire, DVBBS, Epitaph Records, Fearless Records, Hollerado, illScarlett, Inertia Entertainment, Issues, Koi Fest, letlive., Live Nation, Major League, Miss May I, My Iron Lung, My Ticket Home, The Opera House, Riot Fest, Scenefest, Secret Service PR, Silverstein, SiriusXM, Skip the Foreplay, Sleeping With Sirens, The Used, Vanna, Vans Warped Tour, Veld, Yellowcard