Hey all. I'm relatively new to photography and band photography in particular, having started shooting gigs a year ago (I basically had to learn how to use a camera properly at that point; I've owned cameras for a couple of years but only really used them on auto mode for holiday snaps). I got into shooting gigs because music is my biggest passion.
A year down the line now, it's something I really love to do, and I've been shooting for a friend's hard rock/metal website, so I've had the opportunity to shoot a lot of cool bands in nice venues around London, but it's costing me quite a bit in travel costs, lenses and whatnot (which wouldn't ordinarily be an issue except that I'm in an unusually long break between jobs in my regular profession, which is in the film industry, where we work project-to-project, often with breaks inbetween where I have to live off my savings), so it'd be nice to be able to cover my costs with a few paying gigs here and there. I've tried emailing a few magazine/website picture editors but I never get any response, so clearly I need to improve, but I'm not sure at this point how or where. So I really need to hear from others, especially people who do this professionally, where I need to improve so that I can take my work to a new level.
I come from a long background in art - my main profession is an artistic one, and my educational background is all in art and design too. So I tend to approach photography from a more creative aspect, often picking photos simply because I like the colours (I spend quite a lot of time grading the colour in my shots), chiaroscuro, or composition as opposed to whether I've actually captured a dramatic moment. I realise this isn't what editors necessarily want, but at the same time, I do always ensure that I get both photos which are personally satisfying as well as photos which are more suitable for editorial (because my friend's website needs the latter more than the former too).
You'll notice that I tend to raise the black level in my photos - after almost a decade of working in linear colour space for film, the lighter black levels feel more "right" to me than pure black, and I find it adds a level of richness that pure black cannot. I like the film-like quality it lends the shots.
Anyway, enough waffling from me. As I mentioned, I'd love to hear any critique and advice for getting further with my photography and being able to produce something that people would be willing to pay for.
You can see more of my photos here.
1. Skid Row @ O2 Academy Islington, London
2. Ghost @ Brixton Academy, London
3. Wednesday 13 @ Koko, London
4. Clutch @ Koko, London
5. Kreator @ The Forum, London
6. Jettblack @ O2 Academy Islington, London
7. Papa Roach @ Brixton Academy, London
8. Enochian Theory @ O2 Academy Islington, London