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What dos/don'ts do you have for young photographers who would like to pursue this type of work?
The best advice I can give someone who wants to shoot major concert productions is to get hooked up with a legitimate media outlet -- you can't get into the pit without that. Second, start small: Contact local bands and clubs to see if you can shoot for the venue or the band. Local bands love to have good photographs for social media, promotions, etc. Most important, be respectful to other people when you're in the pit -- that includes the audience behind you, the other photographers, security and whomever you contacted to get in the pit. Never, ever lie to a publicist, manager or local concert venue just to get into the photo pit, otherwise your concert photography career will most likely be short-lived.
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.
This photo of Geezer Butler is not my most exciting shot compositionally speaking but it's the most important photo I've taken to date. I took this photo of Geezer Butler after being invited to Indianapolis to photograph the band by Geezer's bass tech, Terry Welty. We watched Sabbath perform the soundcheck, and after I photographed the first three songs we watched the show from the side of the stage. The whole experience was amazing, but I never dreamed that Black Sabbath would reach out to me to use the photograph for their DVD. Being even a minuscule part of Black Sabbath history is pretty awesome!
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