Monday, December 3, 2012

Jason Stoff: Meet the Best Music Photographers in St. Louis

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What makes a professional photographer as opposed to an amateur?

A photo pass and an adherence to timeliness. Pro level gear is less important than a professional attitude (in my opinion).

A professional attitude is pretty easy to sum up, too -- an unrelenting focus on creating great images, respect for your fellow photographers, and respect for the crowd that paid to see the show.


Pick one of the photos you've submitted and tell us a little about it: Where was it shot, who is featured and (most importantly) how did you capture it? We'd love to hear logistical description or technical breakdowns or whatever else you want to tell us.

Let's talk about the photo of Andy at this year's An Undercover Weekend.

Andy is a hell of a frontman, and I knew that going in -- I've seen him perform a few times with Via Dove, and even a few years ago, he had serious charisma.

Now, AUCW is held at The Firebird (which is a fantastic place to see a show). The Firebird isn't a venue that usually has a photo pit, so photographers are generallly holed up near the front of the stage for the duration of the set.

I don't like staying in one place for a full set -- I like to vary angles and shots whenever I can, so I generally move on from the front of the stage after a song or two.

In this case, I was returning to the stage through the crowd when Andy jumped right up front, wailing. I thought it'd be interesting to take the shot from the vantage point of someone in the midst of the crowd to really give it a sense of "being there."

The technicals aren't really that interesting -- D700, 1/250, 50mm at f/1.4, ISO 3200 -- but I really do believe in creating images that make it feel like you were really there, and this shot is a pretty good example of that. Plus, Andy's a cool guy, so there's that.


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