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#1 wlchandler

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Posted 04 April 2015 - 11:48 AM

Hi there everyone, I have a question about concert photography. I am just seriously getting back in to shooting. I have decided I wasnt to shoot bands at local bars for starts. I have contacted several local clubs, by email. With no response. I am considering showing up in person a speaking to management. Any suggestions on how I should go about all of this. thanks Ilove this forum.


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Posted 04 April 2015 - 04:33 PM

Our man photojazz does a lot of band photos I think he's a bands officially photog hopefully chime in.

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Posted 07 April 2015 - 12:03 AM

Do you have a place to post the photos so the band and management can see them? 


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Posted 10 April 2015 - 12:38 AM

I have done my fair share of concert photography over the years, all without permission.  Most of the bigger venues have NO CAMERA signs up and also have the same message on the tickets you purchase.

 

I called one of our local venues to see if I could bring my camera to a concert event, the answer was a FLAT NO!  Why?  Copyright issues, was the response.

 

I have never tried pubs that host local bands.  I suspect, if they are small venues .... 100 people or thereabouts.... you can just go, sit down, order a pint and shoot some pics, provided you don't use a flash.  Chances are, nothing much will happen unless you become a distraction or nuisance!

 

There is nothing wrong with going in person and speaking to the manager.  I would have a portfolio with you of sample images, a story to tell as to why you are doing it and perhaps, an offer to provide them with a free 8x10 for their wall every now and again.

 

You are going to have to have a response for things like:

 

If they charge a cover, are you prepared to pay to get in?

What are you going to do with the images?

Why are you doing this?

Etc. 

 

I have gone to a number of events and always have a camera in tow.  Sometimes, I get jumped on by security, a lot of times, I don't.  The venues I have gotten into "trouble" are typically BIG venues.  My most recent was Three Dog Night.  The lead singer is a friend of mine, he got me the tickets and security kept tapping me on the shoulder to put the camera away.  Why?? THE BAND DOESN'T LIKE HAVING THEIR PICTURE TAKEN.

 

I was told, NO LONG LENSES.

 

Meanwhile, 100's of people crammed the front of the stage with cell phone streaming VIDEO! 

 

I just recently went to ZZ Top at the same venue and you could take ALL THE PICTURES YOU WANTED... Just NO VIDEO.

 

Go Figure.  Doesn't hurt to go in person and speak to the manager.  The worst he can do is say... NO. 

 

Good luck.

 

PS:  If you are interested, I have posted concerts pics I have taken over the ages here and there on PlanetNikon, here are some links of pics I remember posting:

 

Rolling Stones

 

http://www.planetnik...rolling +stones

 

ZZ Top

 

http://www.planetnik...ght#entry191300

 

3 Dog Night

 

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Posted 22 April 2015 - 07:48 AM

Thanks everyone for your advice and information, it helps a lot. Fotofill I have a page on face-book right now. I am going to get a web-site. i have no delusions about selling photographs though. Art much thanks on your info. I am only looking at doing local venues for now.  I just want to experience all aspects of photography, I am like that.


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Posted 22 April 2015 - 02:49 PM

Hi, big scene at the moment with new changes.

 

1. If I am not contracted to shoot a band, I contact the band and location owner for permission most of the time. If a No Photography Sign is not displayed, I photo-shoot and drop a business card off to both. 

2. Be prepared to shoot without a flash, lots of places deny flash with "Professional Cameras" but allow phone photography to use them. Learn or relook low light photog (lots of info on the internet) and have a good lens or two. I mostly shoot using 85mm 1.8, 70-200mm 2.8 lens but have got some nice pics with my 24-85mm 3.5.

3. Using your photo-editor of choice, create output in different modes, black and white, color, HDR etc...Bands like this. Also shoot the band members, instruments, fans location displays. Anything that breaks your pics captured from the norm.

4. Use your choice of medians to promote your work and show the band's performances. I store all info per shoot on my drives and backup systems and give access to important people via my Microsoft OneDrive cloud system Not a Windows or MS guy anymore but I have been using this system since the beginning. I post images here in orbit and on other social media..FB, Flickr etc.

5. Get paid for the work that you are doing period.

 

Gazillions of ways to do band photo-shoots but these are my workflow things...but always looking for more steps. B-)


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Posted 22 April 2015 - 10:33 PM

PhotoJazz, much thanks for your insight. Will most defiantly take your advice.


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Posted 24 April 2015 - 01:20 PM

No problem, my PN brother. Have a question just ask, we have smart boys and girls orbiting the PN all the time.

 

Post some pics when you have some. Keep us updated on your progress.

 

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Posted 25 April 2015 - 12:32 PM

I will do that, as soon as i get this dam cast off. 


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Posted 18 May 2015 - 05:49 PM

Don't let the issue of cameras vs. cell phones stop you for club photos of bands.  If you're good - you can still get great images with a cell phone.  It's a matter of understanding the equipment, situation, and subject.  Figure out what compositions work.  Figure out the lighting and how to handle it - with a phone and with a DSLR.  You'll learn more with a cell phone trying to take photos than you would by not shooting.  Your first 10,000 images are for practice anyway.  Take photos - you'll improve a great deal and understand how to handle the situation over time.

 

As Photojazz describes, the rules and enforcement vary.  If you had a paid gig and were told "No DSLR cameras", you'd still need to get the shots.


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Posted 22 May 2015 - 06:03 AM

I'm from the UK so USA may well be very different.  I think the answer to your quetion is that you have to start small.  I began with small bar type benues around where I live.  Ask first sure and ask the performers.  More often than not the answer will be can we use your photos if we like them.  Small bars and local bands can't afford to pay pro prices and will be more than happy to have you shoot a gig.  After a while you will get known and get a reputation for what you do.  Then you'll start getting requests to gigs.  And so it grows, I started like this and am now very well known here, I no longer have to pay to get into shows, I get press passes for big festivals, I do very little else now and shoot 2 to 3 shows per week of varying sizes.  You'll have alot of fun, meet alot of people and although there's not alot of money in it to start with if any, I am making a bit of money from it now.  Best of luck.






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