This weekend, my brother Chris Owyoung and I will be shooting something a little exciting: a concert at a 90,000 stadium. We’re shooting for the band with all access, charged with the task of producing promotional and documentary photos of the show. With a show this big, gear is an important question. Even with all […]
This is a public service announcement and an open letter to fans who insist on shooting photos and video at concerts, despite the fact that they look awful. Dear fans: Please, put down your cell phones.
These days, just about every digital camera better than your iPhone has a user-selectable ISO range. While choice may be paralyzing, there’s always the concern of image quality as well. Since live music at indoor venues is often very dimly lit (by relative photography standards), I often get asked about what ISO I shoot at […]
You’ve seen it before. A sea of point and shoot digital cameras and cell phones held aloft during concerts, snapping away for posterity. In fact, there’s a good chance you’ve done it yourself. Here are five simple tips for making better live music photos when you’re shooting from the crowd, especially with a cell phone, […]
New to the world of live music photography? Here’s five basic and essential concert photography tips that every new live music shooter should know, whether you’re just shooting from the crowd or have just scored your first photo pass.
The eternal dichotomies. Good vs Evil. Night vs Day. Nikon vs Canon. Primes vs Zooms. When it comes to available light event photography, the photographer is often pulled between constraints – the two biggest of which are limited access and limited lighting. As a result, we’re also often split between the solutions to these problems […]
I have to say – I was really surprised by just how great the lighting turned out to be for Bright Eyes at the Pageant. This was a hugely anticipated show on a lot of levels, and at least from a production standpoint, Connor Oberst and company didn’t disappoint.
Opening for Arcade Fire on The Suburbs Tour, The National put on a fantastic set of their signature smoldering brand of indie rock. The highlight of the set occurred near the end of the band’s set, when singer Matt Berninger jumped down from the stage – mic in hand – crossed the entire arena floor, […]
Nicki Minaj is arguably the most visually exciting act on Lil Wayne’s I Am Still Music Tour. With an outrageous wig, a screaming constume, and fantastically bright lights, I have to say that it may be well worth photographing this show just for Minaj’s stage antics. Which, I should say, are considerable.
Taking the stage after Suburban Legends and The Aquabats, Reel Big Fish closed down the Pageant with a infectiously fun set. With plenty of mugging, general goofiness, and the entire venue singing along, this was an undeniably live set.
As I’ve mentioned before, one of the very first pieces of music photography advice I ever received was simply, “Don’t forget the drummer.” It came not from another photographer, but from a guitarist in a band I’d befriended when I first started shooting concerts. I was hanging out with the band in their dressing room before […]
Opening for Flogging Molly’s 2010 stop at The Pageant, the Architects played a tight set that was a fantastic way to start off the night.
Whether you’re shooting live music photography, weddings or any photography that involves quick response, fleeting moments and a limited period in which to execute, changing DSLR lenses is practically a necessity for any event to ensure the best and broadest coverage. While landscape photographers and macro shooters may have the luxury of leisurely lens changes, […]
Last night marked the 5-year anniversary of shooting my first concert. I wrote a bit about the show in my post titled “Becoming A Concert Photographer,” but I thought I’d take some time to do a proper post about this show, as well as post images from the gig – The Avett Brothers supporting BR-549 with […]
While I don’t normally post crowd photos as the lead, I have to give it up to the fans present at the Story of the Year show at the Pageant this past weekend – they were rocking as hard as the band. As frontman Dan Marsala said as he looked out over the 2,300 fans […]
After Kandi warmed up the stage and kicked off the night, R&B singer Eric Benét threw down a smooth performance that had the ladies of the audience dancing in the aisles. I love photographing performers with Benét’s charisma and command of the spotlight – it makes my job easy.
Last month, I posted 6 Tips Every New Music Photographer Should Know. These basic tips and pieces of advice were geared more toward getting into live music photography in general and dispelling some myths about what it takes to be a music photographer. Since we’re kicking off a new year, I’d like to change the […]
Education and sharing what I know has always been a big part of www.ishootshows.com. As we head into 2011, here are some of the articles and pieces I enjoyed sharing with you all this past year.
2010 has come to a close, and it’s been a fantastic year. Heading into the new year, I thought I’d put together some of my favorite images from the past year, from small club shows to sold-out arenas.
What does a year for a freelance live music photographer look like? Pretty much like the above snapshot. As 2010 comes to a close, I thought I’d take a snapshot of my photo passes from the past year. All in all, I photographed about 110 individual concerts and a handful of festivals. The above photo shows […]
As I tweeted earlier, the new Nikon D7000 is on-deck. A full review is coming, but first I thought I’d share a few high ISO samples from tonight’s El Monstero show at the Pageant, for which I used the D7000 exclusively. A 100% crop after the jump.
I receive a lot of email from aspiring music photographers. One of the most common requests from young or beginning music photographers is for advice on starting out. In response, here’s my open “letter” to all new music photographers with six tips and pieces of advice for anyone just starting out.
Everyone has to start somewhere, and countless music photographers working in the photo pits started out as fans in the crowd. Point & shoot cameras have the advantage of being compact, unobtrusive, and relatively inexpensive. Here’s a look at three quality point and shoots for the budding live music photographer that were introduced in 2010.