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When I started this site, education was one of my primary interests; I freely share what I can through photography tutorials, my gear guide, and the shooting notes I include in every show write-up and band promo I post.

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If this site has helped you rock out just a little harder, you can help support this site by purchasing your photo equipment through my affiliate links here or through product links anywhere else on The small commissions generated go toward paying for my monthly hosting expenses with Rackspace (about $150 a month) that covers the demands of all the traffic you regular readers generate.


Every time you buy gear through these links, it helps me bring you more features, tutorials, reviews, and photo advice. It helps me bring you the rock show. And if you do pick up some new gear, let me know – I'd love to hear what you got!


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If the tutorials and articles on this site have been as helpful to you and you'd like to show your support without grabbing some gear, you can also donate directly to me via PayPal.

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  1. Ryan

    I will definitely use these links. I really appreciate you sharing all of your knowledge with the world. Also, thank you for keeping your site advertisement free!

    • Todd

      Hey Ryan, thanks very much for the support, I really appreciate it.

      I’d love to keep this site ad-free – being an affiliate with companies like B&H and Amazon help me achieve that.

      Of course, if you do grab anything through my links to these sites, would love to hear about it!

  2. Jamie

    Hmm, the Aussie dollar *is* spanking the US dollar right now… ^_^

    If I hit up B&H any time soon I’ll do it through your link. Does the size of the purchase influence the size of your earnings?

    • Todd

      Hey Jamie,

      Thanks, I appreciate it! Thanks for the vote of support. I’ve always heard that photo equipment is so expensive in Australia and that Maxwell has a stranglehold on the market.

      I earn a tiny commission off every sale, so larger purchases do end up making larger affiliate commissions. But every bit is appreciated – and naturally, the price doesn’t change for the individual buying the gear. B&H is personally where I’ve bought 99% of my own gear.

  3. Pierce Clothier

    Oh My Jamie is right about the exchange rate, a package deal i was planning to get from another website, is actually 200 dollars cheaper on the B & H website.

    A question about B & H Do they offer package deals? making buying multiple items cheaper then purchasing seperately?

    • Todd

      Hey Pierce,

      Not sure where you live, but B&H will handle VAT taxes upfront for EU residents instead of being hit by it later.

      As far as package deals, there are “kits” that are offered, generally at a discount, but it this is mostly for camera bodies. Buying unrelated items together isn’t necessarily cheaper. Hope this helps.

      • Pierce Clothier

        Australia Todd.
        well i have made my own ‘package deal’ and i am saving in total 500+
        i am buying lens for myself
        and my sister is buying her first DSLR
        I’ll be ordering in a few weeks!I have every thing in shopping cart already. How do I make the purchase so it supports the site?

        • Todd

          Hey Pierce,

          I know there are some rebate programs offered by B&H that have instant savings based on certain combos. Nice to hear that worked out for you.

          I asked my rep at B&H about this and will post his answer as soon as I get it. Thanks very much for the support, I really appreciate it.

        • Todd

          Hey Pierce,

          Just spoke with my rep yesterday and he said that though there is a 60-hour cookie, the best thing to do would be to click through from my affiliate link when you’re ready to buy, add everything to your cart, and then check out. Hope that isn’t too much trouble to re-add to your cart when you’re ready to check out – I really appreciate the support!

  4. Joel

    Todd, your work is an inspiration to continue shooting and thrive to get better everyday. To top it off, you continually (and freely) give us the tools and tutorials to do so. I think you are an amazing talent. Thank you.

  5. Gabby Kramer

    How can you get a press pass or join warped tour for photography? I want to join or at least get a press pass for next years tour but i am young so i don’t know if they would allow me to join the tour or anything.

  6. scott braun

    In my photography quest which is going amazingly well in the great city of New York I find YOU and YOUR site. Simply amazing. In 30 minutes the knowledge gained from your selfless sharing is stellar. You my friend are very much appreciated.

  7. Taryn

    Hello, I am doing a school project on music photography and I would like to know more about your background and your full name please, because I need that in order to use this as a source

  8. Kathryn S.

    Hi Todd!!

    I usually do sports photography but I have started to grow interest in wanting to do music photography because of my background with music. I read the recommended lenses you have in your gear guide and I have a few different lenses in mind (that are within my budget) that I would like to get for shooting some music photography. I was wondering if I could get your opinion on them.

    They are all Nikon lenses :

    AF Zoom-Nikkor 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF

    AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G

    AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G

    AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G

    AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G

    Thank you so much for your help!!! You are amazing!!

    Best wishes,
    Kathryn S.

    • Todd Owyoung

      Hey Kathryn, sorry for the late reply. I’ve never used the 24-85mm f/2.8-4 — I tend to prefer constant aperture zooms as I shoot manual mode. The 24-120mm f/4 is pretty good and has an excellent range. All the primes you list are very good. I think the main thing will be what kind of venues you’ll be shooting in, and whether or not you need a range of primes like you’ve listed or not.

  9. eloise beath

    Hi Todd,
    Im 17 and just this afternoon i got my first photo pass!! im so excited. It is for a festival that is kind of huge! I followed your tips on how to start in concert photography and it did me some good! I’m so scared!

    • Todd Owyoung

      Hey Eloise, that’s great! You’re getting a head start shooting concerts and festivals so early. Don’t forget to have fun. I’m very happy the stuff I post here has helped your photography!

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