concert photography

Photoletariat: Poor Editing is Ruining Concert Photography

My latest article at The Photoletariat:

I can't hold my tongue on this subject anymore: there are too many competent, talented and creative photographers shooting themselves in the foot by neglecting to edit their work.  There are also many developing photographers who are not progressing because they can't tell their good work from their bad.

The Current State of Things:

Music photography and how it is being used on many websites and blogs runs against good judgement and taste. Music websites and blogs have an unlimited appetite for content, and it doesn't really seem to matter what the quality of that content is. I'm not sure why this happens, but probably in the race for clicks and S.E.O. rankings, images are being exploited to serve as Googlebot fodder and snarky comment bait.  A photograph's power to beautifully and bluntly get to the heart of the matter is being lost and abused.

Read the rest here.

Photoletariat: Everything You Know About Concert Photography is Wrong

A couple weeks ago I published an article on The Photoletariat about my feelings on the state of concert photography.  We had a pretty tremendous reaction on social media and A Photo Editor picked up the article as well. Photo bloggers watch out, I have arrived!

#3 – Music Photographer = Music Fan + Camera

Obviously photographers who devote themselves to music have a great appreciation of it, but you can’t let being a fan come in the way of being a good photographer.

Respect for the subject is fundamental (ask the late Jim Marshall) but idolization can breed saccharine, sentimental and corny images. It also can take your concentration away from seeing the show.  I’ve watched many ‘photographers’ bopping around, singing along, cheering and partying while they miss great shots.  Sure, a show is fun and exciting, but be a professional and put the passion into the images.

If  you move into portraiture it is important to have the guts to be a creative peer to the subject and not a fawning acolyte. Fans are people that a musician will smile and take a snapshot with. A confident, respectful and appreciative photographer is someone a musician will open up to, collaborate and work with. That attitude can begin with how you approach a live show.

read the entire article over on the Photoletariat...