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karohemd From: karohemd Date: April 6th, 2005 02:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

Long time lurker, first time commenter

(coming in via davefish)

It was indeed a fine performance. It's amazing what fantastic music they produced from what strictly speaking was a heap of scrap metal and power tools...

Yeah, crappy flashing cameras annoy me, too, not only because of the flash but because I know that they won't get a good picture out of it (except of the heads in front of them). Today's compact digicams are meanwhile good enough to take reasonable pictures of a well lit stage without flash, obviously no comparison to a SLR with a large aperture lens.

Nice photos in the other post, I'm looking forward to the rest.

And then, at one point in the future when I actually know how to use my camera properly and have accumulated some nice bits for it, I might try to get into gig photography. Any tips (or shouts of "Don't even bother trying") appreciated. :o)

- Ozzy
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: April 6th, 2005 02:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Long time lurker, first time commenter

Interestingly, in total contradiction of my own point - I'm just going to put up a couple of pics I took with my phone that aren't ~too bad~.

And totally agree with you about compacts - I have one and it's lovely.

As for gig photography, my conclusion "a year on" is "Great fun, be persistent, but treat it like any other hobby and be prepared for the money it'll cost you". It's a great buzz to see pictures in print, and to get feedback (So special thanks for your comments!).

karohemd From: karohemd Date: April 6th, 2005 03:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Long time lurker, first time commenter

I'm just going to put up a couple of pics I took with my phone
It's rather scary how good camera phones have become in the last year or so. Miniaturisation has come a long way like your latest post shows.

*nods*
I'm well aware that there will be costs involved but expensive hobbies are usually fun. ;o)

If you don't mind me asking, how did you get started? I would imagine most venues/promoters won't let people with big cameras in unless you can prove you're working for the press etc. and finding someone to work for is tricky if you don't have a portfolio of things you've done...
gaius_octavian From: gaius_octavian Date: April 6th, 2005 05:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Long time lurker, first time commenter

Big venues and signed bands, not straight away, but it's easy to take photos of unsigned bands, just ask them or the promoter, tell them they can use your images (with a credit!) if they like in promotional material. Some will say no, of course, and that's fine, there'll be others. Basically, you just need to get into the habit of asking, and not being too bothered if they say no.
karohemd From: karohemd Date: April 6th, 2005 08:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Long time lurker, first time commenter

*nods*
That's how I thought things worked. I need to get into the habit of going to more local gigs.
I've already done Killing Miranda (personally knowing band members helped there ;o) at a very crappy venue with even crappier lighting in Norwich.
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: April 7th, 2005 01:03 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Long time lurker, first time commenter

My process was to take some photos, offer photos in return for "use of name" to local websites. I also had a slight advantage in that my little brother is involved in running a rock Internet TV station so he was my first "sponsor" in that sense.

If I was starting now, I'd start with Grassroots - good advice, ideas, and they can normally help with passes too.
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