It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that Glastonbury is a fun place to be. For music photographers, it offers a solid weekend of some of the worlds biggest acts, for documentary and news photographers, the festival offers non-stop colourful characters and beautiful moments to capture.

Shooting the music is fantastic, getting to see some of the best music from across every genre up close, it is truly one of the best perks of the job – even if it’s only for three songs, no flash.

As for the rest of the festival, being paid to attend one of the biggest and best festivals in the world is an incredible pleasure, and the fact you get to camp in a private field with slightly nicer toilets is no terrible thing either! I’ve been lucky that both times I’ve attended have been relatively dry years, as I can imagine the joy of working at Glasto is literally dampened by trying to dry thousands of pounds of equipment in a soggy tent in knee deep mud.

It was a joy to cover the festival for Shutterstock Editorial using the following kit:

  • Nikon D5 x2
  • Nikon 50mm f/1.4
  • Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8
  • Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8
  • Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8
  • Nikon 600mm f/4

I found myself wandering around for hours and hours, day or night, trying to capture a tiny part of the essence of one of the biggest music festivals in the world.

Let me know what you think and if you have any questions below!

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