shellylovegrove 8:17pm, 30 July 2009
I am just starting out but I love photographing gigs. I would love to make more of it.
How does one start to get more into the live music scene, get gig passes and make this hobby pay for itself.
All tips very welcome to this avid gig/photography leaner
flowery step [deleted] 9 years ago
Start from small venues (your friends bands etc.), when you get good feedback about photos go to shoot more bands (for free). send photos to bands and maybe they put photos to website, with your name on. Create website yourself to show up your best photos, and maybe some band want you to take some photos on their next gig (whit small price). Just take more and more gig shots, and your getting your name to peoples mind, but photos needs to be very good.
shellylovegrove 9 years ago
thanks for that. Its is exactly what I am doing so far, so its good to know I am on the right track
flowery step [deleted] 9 years ago
You have great camera but kit lens is bit too dark for low light venues, think about to get sigma or tamron 2.8 lens, thats more better for low light gigs. I use 50mm 1.8d and its great and cheap.
shellylovegrove 9 years ago
thanks for that. I mostly stick to my canon 200mm to get nice close ups. I find I can hand hold that nice and steady.
I am in the market for lower fstop lens but am a bit skint right now! lol...arent we all!
flowery step [deleted] 9 years ago
That 50mm 1.8 is about 60(€) at used. its a great deal. Its good that your hands are steady but if you use longer exposure, you get people blurred. Some photos that effect is great.
shellylovegrove 9 years ago
thanks I will attack ebay for that 1.8...it is next on my hit list!
makatron 9 years ago
i would suggest also get the fastest telephoto zoom you can afford (it can be used) because sometimes you will really need some extra reach

and stay away from anything above f/2.8 because you need constant aperture and need the sharpness of the fast pro lenses
flowery step [deleted] 9 years ago
i think 50mm 1.8 or 1.4 and 28-75 2.8 is great combo for gig shots.
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