How to Become a Concert Photographer

There's no “school of rock photography” and there are certainly no secrets in this business. I'm a music photographer who has lived and breathed concert photography since I photographed my first concert in 2006. As proud as I am of the images I have made, I'm also very grateful to have the opportunity to share everything that I've learned as a professional music photographer.

I started this site ishootshows.com in 2007 and have written over a thousand posts about music photography, from gear reviews to tutorials and how-to articles on how to photograph live music. Here's a collection of some of the articles I feel would be most helpful to anyone looking to get on the path to becoming a rock photographer. 

Start Here — Concert Photography Essentials

Guides:

Camera Settings

Photography Gear

How-To

General Advice

My Camera DSLR and Lenses for Concert Photography

Nikon D850:
I use two Nikon D850 for my live music photography. A true do-it-all DSLR with amazing AF, fast response, and no shortage of resolution.
nikon-24-70mm-f28-lens-squareNikon 24-70mm f/2.8:
For most gigs, the 24-70mm is my go-to lens. Exceptional image quality at wide apertures and super-functional range.
Nikon-70-200-squareNikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR:
A perfect pair to the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8, I can basically shoot any job with the midrange and this lens. Superb image quality.
nikon-14-24mm-f28-lens-squareNikon 14-24mm f/2.8:
Ultra-wide perspective, ridiculously sharp even wide open at f/2.8. I love using this lens up-close and personal, where it excels.
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