I decided spur of the moment to catch the Bob Dylan Concert here in OKC at the outdoor zoo amphitheater. Although I do like Bob Dylan okay and respect his legacy the deciding factor naively for me was to take my camera and a telephoto lens just to experiment and see if perchance I could get a really lucky shot. For me really lucky in this case would be anything perhaps decent enough for a personal photo album.
I would not have bought the ticket most likely had I known of the Gestapo tactics regarding getting anything more than a point and shoot into an outdoor concert from the general admission "cheap" seats.
I have zero interest in publishing or any illusions of earning any money (at this point)... just a simple amateur photo hobbyist/fan of both photography and music. Realistically I would have exponentially higher odds of winning the lottery I don't play or getting hit by a meteorite. No desire to go backstage, up close, into a media pit and have the common sense/good manners not to attempt to use a flash or to block others view for minutes on end etc. Hell I think those oblivious to treating others with respect including the paparazzi or obnoxious concert goers are fair game for what they get short of lynching or being maimed permanently without a trial but that's another story.
IMHO paying $50 for a general admission ticket should include the right to take a few personal memento shots to remember the concert by after the T-Shirt has moved on to dust rag heaven..... I mean really how many camera toting typical concerts goers percentage wise (no back stage/pit access) have a realistic chance of making a single dime off anything when there are real pro's out there competing with them?
Obviously there is the money grubbing band/label management wanting all the money or power plays for complete control of the merchandising if money is being made. I just don't know anyone personally who has gone out and bought prints of individual concert photo's etc although I knew there were some pro photographers who specialized in this area and indeed were very talented at it.
Please know I admire and am in complete support for those of you that have dedicated yourselves, time, skills and hard earned experience (not to mention overhead $$$) to be paid well for your services. The performers agreed a head of time to show up, play for a predetermined price and the opportunity to sell whatever they want to the fans. There is zero reason for them to demand 100% of concert photo income shot by third parties. I suppose as a trademarked entity they have some justification for wanting a cut at some point and percentage.
But are there really no options or work arounds for someone who just want to try their hand for personal use with no commercial potential?
I tried to convince the people at the gate countering the "no professional cameras rule" that they could not find a single pro photographer who would consider my EOS XS as "professional" level and would laugh at the proposition. Just another example of the entertainment hoodlums shooting themselves in the foot out of their own greed and hastening their own demise while we the fans walk away in disgust.
I think I may have been to my big concert until things change a lot.
Not that its his fault personally but if you happen to see one Bob Dylan tell him he aint the only one "not working on Maggies farm no more" and to make room for the exedous that is coming. The times are still a changing and they can kiss my you know what as its blowin in the wind their direction.