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Mar 12, 2013 10:27 |  #1

Hello,

My overall goal is to start shooting concert photography professionally, but to start you have to get your foot in the door (connection, internship, press pass), due to the most venues not accepting professional cameras. What I’m wondering is how you got your foot in the door of shooting concert photography professionally?

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Mar 12, 2013 14:08 |  #2

Shoot local bands at local venues that allow cameras. Build a portfolio. Email editors with said portfolio. Hope for the best.


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Mar 12, 2013 18:18 |  #3

Start local and with smaller events, with more niche events, with events that involve friends. Introduce yourself to people (in bands, venues, management, labels, magazines, sponsors....). Be nice. Built a reputation and portfolio. Then turn this into a career.


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Mar 12, 2013 20:18 |  #4

Don't kid yourself that there is a career in shooting music.


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Mar 13, 2013 18:54 |  #5
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CosmoKid wrote in post #15707075 (external link)
Shoot local bands at local venues that allow cameras. Build a portfolio. Email editors with said portfolio. Hope for the best.



^ Did that, after about six months, I did shoots for a website for nowt, where I did mainly festivals. Then after that for over a year, started freelancing and I am still doing it, albeit, I do have a magazine to shoot for every now and then




  
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Mar 16, 2013 06:44 |  #6

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narlus wrote in post #15708565 (external link)
Don't kid yourself that there is a career in shooting music.


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Mar 17, 2013 21:50 |  #7

CosmoKid wrote in post #15707075 (external link)
Shoot local bands at local venues that allow cameras. Build a portfolio. Email editors with said portfolio. Hope for the best.

This...

Eventually I started asking to take photos at venues, and they happened to like them... Network with as many people as you can, because it will open many doors. :cool:


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Mar 17, 2013 21:57 |  #8

Here you go, this guy tours and shoots with some of my favorite bands:

http://www.youtube.com​/watch?v=rJoPlaQ0Iiw (external link)


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Mar 18, 2013 16:33 |  #9

maverick75 wrote in post #15726503 (external link)
Here you go, this guy tours and shoots with some of my favorite bands:

http://www.youtube.com​/watch?v=rJoPlaQ0Iiw (external link)

not sure how helpful it is, but this video of Adam gets more specific - "How I Got Started".
http://www.youtube.com​/watch?v=1gF49PZxyoc (external link)


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Mar 21, 2013 16:12 |  #10

I used my music industry connections to photograph some bigger names than small local bands, from there I was given a chance with a music blog and I've been shooting for them for the past two years.


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Mar 22, 2013 02:17 |  #11

Whichever way you decide to get started, make sure you are professional and courteous all the time. People really remember that. Also, if you make the effort to get pics out as soon as possible after the gig it will definitely be appreciated. I can also recommend writing a short review (just a couple of sentences) for every band. Don't overdo the praise, but don't say anything negative - especially if the shows you visit are badly frequented. Keep that information and any pictures that show that to yourself. Bookers and bands don't want to read the next day about how cool the band was, shame no one showed up...


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Apr 01, 2013 15:58 |  #12

What he ^ said.

A lot of it has to do with networking. Finding the right people and developing a relationship with them. In my case there was a small local paper that I started working with to cover sports. Paid a measly amount of $ per photo used, but I began asking them about concerts at the local amphitheater here. They started applying for passes for me.

That helped me build my portfolio. Once I started getting that together, sent out emails once a week. Found the contact for Getty and emailed them. Caught me by surprise when they emailed me back.


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Apr 01, 2013 17:30 |  #13
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white_aardvark wrote in post #15742174 (external link)
Whichever way you decide to get started, make sure you are professional and courteous all the time. People really remember that. Also, if you make the effort to get pics out as soon as possible after the gig it will definitely be appreciated. I can also recommend writing a short review (just a couple of sentences) for every band. Don't overdo the praise, but don't say anything negative - especially if the shows you visit are badly frequented. Keep that information and any pictures that show that to yourself. Bookers and bands don't want to read the next day about how cool the band was, shame no one showed up...


Well, you can't say that it was "sold out", though I do get your point about that noone showed up, at least some family and friends will always show up




  
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Apr 02, 2013 03:25 |  #14

RichSoansPhotos wrote in post #15780155 (external link)
Well, you can't say that it was "sold out", though I do get your point about that noone showed up, at least some family and friends will always show up

Yeah, I'm just saying if you have nothing good to say about the turnout, don't say anything about the turnout... :)


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May 17, 2013 20:53 |  #15

Start shooting local gigs at bars and clubs and start getting out your name that way.


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