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Re: First photo pass to a concert! Lessons learned...
« Reply #30 on: May 13, 2013, 01:13:04 AM »
I've LOVED this thread because I'm dying to get more into this arena.  I've been directly asked to shoot band performances before, but never done the whole Press Pass thing. 

So, for all of you guys who do lots of this:  What should I do to start obtaining these Press Passes?  Do I need to work for/represent a publication directly? 

There are several concerts I'd love to shoot which are coming up.  I'd really like to make this happen.

Thanks in advance for your help!

If the person in charge of handling press for the band is nice, you really don't need any major credentials. I shot the xx simply by sending some emails, first to the venue to ask with whom I should get in touch to ask about something like that, and then to the contact they provided, who was very nice about making sure I had my pass and even responded to phone calls when my name wasn't on the list at the venue to sort things out. Other times, you'll get shut down, like by the Toro y Moi press manager, who basically said that since I'm not shooting for any super major publications (I would have been shooting for a really small music blog), they didn't want me in. That said, I know some people who were shooting for fun and got in, so I guess it really depends on who you contact.

If you can get yourself shooting for a blog, like for your local radio station, they'll handle all that for you, and obviously since it's a radio station they'll have a lot easer of a time getting you in.

Personally, I believe that since it's that easy to get in, there's no reason not to. It's a great exercise in photography, plus you get to go to a concert for free.
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Re: First photo pass to a concert! Lessons learned...
« Reply #30 on: May 13, 2013, 01:13:04 AM »

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Re: First photo pass to a concert! Lessons learned...
« Reply #31 on: May 13, 2013, 02:56:34 AM »
I've LOVED this thread because I'm dying to get more into this arena.  I've been directly asked to shoot band performances before, but never done the whole Press Pass thing. 

So, for all of you guys who do lots of this:  What should I do to start obtaining these Press Passes?  Do I need to work for/represent a publication directly? 

There are several concerts I'd love to shoot which are coming up.  I'd really like to make this happen.

Thanks in advance for your help!

Who owns what rights at a concert, and who has the ability to issue passes and under what circumstances  is a complex issue, I'll try and give some guidlines, but always check them.
1.Small/Pub gig. The band have all rights, talk to them directly, but also check with the venue
2.Club gig. The band will have passed image control to their management company, and / or record company. Check with them, and the venue.
3.Working for a radio station/e-zine etc. The venue may have asked a radio station to cover the gig, after all, it's good publicity. The contract between the Venue, the promoter, and the artists, will state that photography will take place, HOWEVER, not all bands will sign that clause (For instance, getting a shot of Axl Rose, is, I guarantee, impossible). You will be told by security who you can, and cannot take shots of
4.Medium sized Concert (Up to 10,000 people) The concert organisers may have negotiated all image rights on a particular stage(Normally the main stage) to a Video production Company, so you may be allowed to take shots on the other stages, but not the main stage.
5. Large venues. Everyone wants to cover these, and passes will be in short supply. Really your only chance to to be an act-specific photographer, where the artists invite you specifically, or to work for a large, well known organisation/e-zine/magazine/record company (BTW, the concept of "Staff photographer" has more-or-less died, when I say "Work for", I really mean "Accredited by, or sponsored by")

There's a negotiation that goes on between bands, band management, promoter, record company, venue, other "Workers"-such as sound crew and lighting techs, and media which is a real dance, there are no real hard and fast rules. So I can only say that should should apply early via whatever "In" you have, be persistent-but pleasant. Your best "In" is via the band, and ultimately, they have the biggest say in what goes on.
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Re: First photo pass to a concert! Lessons learned...
« Reply #32 on: May 13, 2013, 03:23:09 AM »
Nice pictures of these Transatlantic guys!

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Re: First photo pass to a concert! Lessons learned...
« Reply #33 on: May 13, 2013, 10:02:17 AM »
Really good info!  Thanks, everyone!
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Re: First photo pass to a concert! Lessons learned...
« Reply #34 on: May 13, 2013, 04:04:37 PM »
I've LOVED this thread because I'm dying to get more into this arena.  I've been directly asked to shoot band performances before, but never done the whole Press Pass thing. 

So, for all of you guys who do lots of this:  What should I do to start obtaining these Press Passes?  Do I need to work for/represent a publication directly? 

There are several concerts I'd love to shoot which are coming up.  I'd really like to make this happen.

Thanks in advance for your help!


Off the cuff, I'd recommend approaching local papers (with an entertainment presence, section, etc.)  and local music blogs and ask if they need a photographer for shows.  Offer to work for free, take what shows you can, and build up a portfolio.

Not being a pro, I wish I could be of more help -- I just fell into this opportunity because I knew someone in the music press.

Good luck,
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Re: First photo pass to a concert! Lessons learned...
« Reply #35 on: May 13, 2013, 04:08:14 PM »
Nice pictures of these Transatlantic guys!

Lol, it took until Page 3 before the prog fan identified the act.  Technically, the shots were of The Flower Kings followed by The Neal Morse Band, but there was a Transatlantic encore. 

As the OP, shame on me for leaving the topic.  :-P

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Re: First photo pass to a concert! Lessons learned...
« Reply #35 on: May 13, 2013, 04:08:14 PM »