Shooting Glasto was a dream come true, but there was one thing missing from my kit bag

Glastonbury festival photography
Bristol based band The Midnight Zu playing the Truth stage at Glastonbury Festival (Image credit: Hannah Rooke)

Shooting at music festivals is honestly one of the best gigs on earth. It’s one of those jobs that doesn’t even feel like work and despite the long hours, and late nights that roll through to early mornings, time passes effortlessly as you capture bands, artists, and festivalgoers in their element. This year I was lucky enough to shoot at Glastonbury Festival for the first time – a bucket list achievement for me and a wholly incredible experience. Ok, so I wasn’t an official photographer, BUT I did get to shoot on the main stage in Shangri La and I even found myself backstage of the infamous Pyramid. 

When I pack my camera backpack for festivals I tend to take the minimum amount of kit possible. Since I’ve already got a tent, clothes, and the all-important beer to carry, the last thing I want to do is take equipment I won’t end up using. My go-to gear for festivals is my Sony A7 III, a Sigma 28-70mm f/2.8 DG DN lens, a Sony FE 50mm f/1.8, a Godox V1 flash plus a spare battery, the Hahnel Procube II charger, and a bunch of spare SanDisk Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I cards. 

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.