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Are you a Rockin' Photo Taker?
Written By: Todd Owyoung
1) There Is No University of Rock PhotographyUnlike say, a Master of Business Administration, you don’t really need a piece of paper to prove your music photography chops – unless, of course, that piece of paper is a print in your portfolio.
My advice as your school counselor if you want to be a music photographer? Go to rock shows, bring your camera, and take some business courses. The only exception to the benefit of studying photography would be studio lighting and to have easy access to pro gear, but even then it’s still possible to learn these skills on your own (or at least without incurring student loans).
2) The Photo Pass Is Just A Piece Of FabricThere’s a fallacy that you need photo passes to become a music photographer, but it’s really the other way around.
To me, wanting to shoot shows that require a photo pass off the bat is like wanting to play your first baseball game in Yankee Stadium. Aspirational, but not practical.
3) Start LocalPeople think that there are all kinds of barriers to entry for live music photography – and they’re right. But starting with small venues and local bands is the easiest way to jump into the world of music photography.
I can’t tell you how many small indie rock shows I shot starting out where I stood in line for hours with all the die-hard fans just to grab a piece of the stage.
Smaller music venues often have few or no camera restrictions, so it’s possible to build a great portfolio shooting at these clubs and dives – no photo passes required.
4) Shoot What You Love & Dig InIf you shoot what you love, it will show in the images. Even if you’re just shooting shows on the barricade with a point & shoot at first, passion for one’s subjects always translates into better images.
Moreover, dig into the scene. Immersing yourself in the concert culture of your city will build connections with venues, fans, and bands that will strengthen you as a music photographer.
5) Don’t Worry About Your CameraSo you have an entry level DSLR and a kit lens. That kit lens is probably horrible for live music photography. But don’t throw it away just yet.
Having the best lenses and cameras only makes the technical exercises of live music photography easier; they don’t make you a better photographer, and they certainly won’t teach you composition. I’ve put them to my ears and listened, but a nice f/1.4 prime or expensive f/2.8 zoom lens won’t tell you how to anticipate a jump shot.
If the worst thing someone can say is that your photos are a little noisy or have a little motion blur, take it as a compliment. It means you have perfect composition and the lighting looks great.
When you are ready to upgrade, check out my Gear Guide for the equipment I use and recommend.
6) Shoot For A Publication – Or Start OneAs I suggested in my previous article on How To Request A Photo Pass, publications are the best way to secure access to larger bands and tours. After all, there is no reason for bands to give you a photo pass unless you’re shooting for a good reason – IE, giving them press.
For the new music photographer, even blogs and web-only publications are all fair game as music media shifts to be increasingly web-friendly. And of course, you can always try starting your own publication or website.
To view full article: http://www.ishootshows.com/2010/12/15/6-tips-new-music-photographer/
QUEEN CAVEAT is Back!!!
Queen Caveat is back in Tucson and hitting The Rock this time! If you caught them at DV8 with Hunter Valentine November 2nd then you know you don't want to miss this show!
The Rock | ALL AGES | 136 N Park | Pool Tables | 7pm
Full Lineup -
DISCIPLES OF PRIME
DJ SHORTY ON THE ONE'S AND TWO'S!!!
"Tucson's Best" Concert Series is Just Around the Corner!
A SHOWCASE OF SOME OF OUR FAVORITE BANDS WE HAVE BOOKED IN TUCSON, JOIN ALL OF US AT TUCSON's FAVORITE CONCERT HALL!!! FIRST 100 GUESTS WILL RECEIVE A FREE COPY OF OUR "TUCSON's BEST" CD COMPILATION PROVIDED BY PITBULL RECORDS!! THE MORE PEOPLE WE GET OUT THE MORE WE WILL BE BACK WITH LOCAL BANDS AT THE RIALTO, SUPPORT LIVE MUSIC!!! MORE DATES TBA...
TICKETS ARE ONLY $10 VIA BANDS OR ONLINE:
STANDS WITH FISTS 11-1145
SCORNED EMBRACE 10-1045
NEIPHI - FINAL SHOW!!! 9-945
DROWNING ARIZONA 715-8
BEFORE I DIE 630-7
BRANDON JIM 6-615
ALL AGES | BAR W/ ID | DOORS AT 6PM
TRA Announces MARLEY FEST AZ