kdmorris photography

There aren’t many photographers who get to do what I do. It’s not like I am special or more talented than any other photographer that does, it’s about placement. Being in the right place at the right time.

Concert photography offers an adrenalin rush that a select few get to experience and action that accompanies loud music, screaming fans, flashing lights and five foot wide security guards.

I have been blessed and fortunate to make a modest and respectful living and name for myself as such, where my reputation for quality and turn time (delivery) also plays a role.

What elements are most important to any concert photographer are access, gear and patience.

ACCESS:
Having access to the venue and artist is gained in several ways, the most restrictive of most access is a media pass, because most outlets are limited to only three songs and post event interview shots.

GEAR:
Having a fast lens (aperture of 2.8 or faster) is recommended, a body that offers rapid shutter speed (frames per second) and high ISO capabilities (the Light Triangle is referenced here) are all very helpful, because the use of flash is a BIG NO NO.

PATIENCE:
Waiting for clearance and the show to start, are two of the most heart pounding events before the event.
When you don’t have a reputation or experience, I recommend using the “Who you know” channels, because waiting for someone to say “yes” to you can take its toll on someone who isn’t accustomed to rejection on a professional level.

In closing, if you aspire to be a concert photographer, go to small venues, practice your existing light photography (not to be confused with natural light) and make a name for yourself.

I was fortunate, because my first concert was in a large venue and had to learn on the fly…with film.

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