So you want to be a concert photographer? In the press pit with a few thousand hysterical fans directly behind you and your favourite band a mere few feet in front of you? Sounds exciting right? Well it is! But it is also very difficult to become an established concert photographer. This short guide will hopefully point you in the right direction and offer helpful tips and advice for your first steps into a career in music photography.
Getting a gig to shoot
First you need a gig to shoot and getting one couldn't be simpler. Start small by shooting local bands. Check free music publications and utilise Myspace to find any local bands that might be playing a free gig in your area. Always remember to introduce yourself to the band. Email addresses, telephone numbers or some means of contact can always be found on a band website or Myspace page. Whichever route you take make sure you let them know who you are and exactly why you will be shooting the gig.