Discussion in 'Photographic Discussions' started by [Dillz], Oct 9, 2009.
Hey I want to get into shooting rock concerts but I need some advice on how to get those gigs.
just do it.
Start small and make a name for yourself. Find venues you like and want to shoot at then find bands you want to shoot and then find their management/marketing people and contact them asking for photo passes.
Bands like those one smaller labels (I like "punk" & hardcore at the moment) like Fat Wreckords are more likely to give you the time of day.
Also keep in mind that having a backer like some type of publication will give you assignments, but you might not be shooting the type of music you'd necessarily listen to or even like.
What kind of music do you want to shoot.
Hey I actually did right management for some bands and right now the band Eyes Set To Kill want me to shoot a show and some solo shots before hand. This is huge cuz this band is pretty big.
I just recently started shooting club acts. I started out with one band, but while practicing with the lighting on the opening act, ended up hooking up with that band later in the evening and exchanging cards and all. I now have 6 bands interested, with a showcase coming up next weekend with some big name record labels going to be in attendance.
I have done some shooting for free, just to get my name out there, and word of mouth took over. It might lead to something, just playing it by ear.
I think my only advice, is make sure you have the gear to shoot. The lighting can play havoc some nights and I was not expecting that in my first one or two outings.
But for me....starting small, and word of mouth taking over from there.
Good luck. Hope this venture works out.
I like Eyes Set to Kill. You'll have to post pictures when you get them.
If you like the hard core/screamo genre, it's a great place to start shooting music. They have some really good bands that aren't huge but would still appreciate the coverage.
I can only think of a couple that would be hard to get to shoot. My friend is good friends with the bassist of August Burns Red and no matter how many times he tries to get me a photo pass through the band, it's nearly impossible.
And don't be afraid to shoot high ISO.
ok thanks guy! haha well I only have 2 lenses a 18-55 and a 50mm 1.8 will these do good for the show?
yeh just do it
yeah the 1.8 will give you really good colors with out flash, but the 18-55 is great as well but you may need flash depending on the lighting. but good luck
A lot of venues specifically say, no flash.
So I should use the 50mm then? The prob is that all the focusing is manual. That might cause some problems during the show
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