I had heard about The Reverend Horton Heat and his/their live shows for quite a few years. JIm Heath has toured with a bassist and drummer for roughly two decades, and I finally caught one of their shows last year. Actually, that sentence is inaccurate: The Reverend Horton Heat (a band designed almost entirely for live performance) consists of a trio of permanent members and several hundred to several thousand guest performers, namely, the audience for each show. The band is truly dedicated to customer service, and will breeze through two songs from each of their albums for the first half of their shows and then spend the rest of the evening taking requests from their ferociously vociferous fanatical fans. But if all you brought to the show was your iPhone 4 and you were courteous enough not to use the flash, you will take a bunch of blurry and bad photographs.
This used to be a problem. Amateur photographers do not have problems, they have opportunities.
Today, amateurs like yours truly can fire up the ol’ computer, launch our photo editing shareware, and say, “I meant to take that bad photograph.” Photoshop is of course the standard, but since I’m no professional, I use Neatberry’s Sketcher, a $15 app for the Mac that turns digital photos into digital drawings or paintings (oil, watercolor, pastel, or pencil).
All I had to do was load the application, open the hopelessly blurred and pixilated pictures, select the type of “painting” I wanted, and play with the four sliders.
The beauty of cheap photo editing graphics software is that I no longer have to blame only my lack of skill for bad photographs–I can also blame my bad taste in art. Of course I don’t and I can’t blame the band; The Reverend Horton Heat put on a heck of good hard-rocking psychobilly show and even non-fanatics will have a great time.
Vonn Scott Bair