Shwayze at Bamboozle 2009

June 4, 2009 – So, I’m writing a concert photography tutorial for a guest-blogger spot on the awesomeness that is the Photoshelter Blog. (If you don’t read it already, you should.) I’ll be covering the necessary how-to topics like gear and shooting technique but I’d love to know what else you would like covered in a concert photography guide.  Would you like to know more about workflow or post processing? All suggestion are welcome!

UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who contributed topics here and via twitter.

The potential topics include:

  • PR Contacts: How to Find Them
  • Festivals: Who to Shoot, How to Survive and Still Come out with Great Images
  • Doing the Work: How to Create Iconic Music Images while Keeping the Publicist Happy
  • Getting into it Concert Photography (Starting from the Bottom)
  • Equipment: What to Use and Why it matters
  • Workflow: I just took 300 photos in 15 minutes, now what?
  • Make it Look Good, Small: Post Processing Techniques for the Web
  • Money: Where to spend it and even how to make it
  • Primes vs. Zooms: When to use each and Why
  • Critical Focusing: Beware the microphone/stand
  • First Three, No Flash: How to work with the Rules and when to Break them
  • To Flash or Not to Flash: That is the Question
  • Change Locations: How to Decide your next Shot and Where you Need to be to Get it.
  1. New blog post: Your Concert Photography Tutorial —

  2. Hey Chris,

    that’s a nice one. I actually have a few topics I’d love to see covered, if you could.

    One is the workflow (I’ve asked Todd that same question) since I can’t seem to optimize mine.

    Another is processing for web display, or put in another way, what key processing steps do you usually do to make your shots look so good on the web.

    Finally I’d love to see a “what not to do” topic. What situations should you avoid (like cutting out guitars’ headstocks and such), because I know that there are a few rules one should pay attention too, but I don’t seem to find them “centralized” in any of the concert photography tutorials I’ve read.

    If you could cover any one of these aspects that would be really helpful and I’d really appreciate it.


  3. Hey Chris:

    Actually, workflow and post-production are my biggest challenges right now, so I’d love some insight on that. I’m also interested in the best ways to keep color consistent universally, as I seem to be having trouble with that. I edit a photo and it looks great; I check it out using another machine, and it’s too green/too dark/etc. Is there a way to solve the problem without buying expensive calibration software/hardware?

  4. Scott

    Hi Chris,

    Been following along for a couple of months now. I really enjoy seeing the shots. The No Doubt stuff is great!

    Any idea when we might be able to expect to see this tutorial? And is it a one shot thing, or more of a series?


  5. Still taking suggestions for the Concert Photography Tutorial I’m writing. The potential topics are listed here:

    • Holy cniocse data batman. Lol!

  6. Hey Chris,

    yet another suggestion:

    showing your work – tips on how to make an easy appealing website based on wordpress.

    Too much?


  7. In order from most to least preferred:

    Doing the Work
    PR Contacts
    Make It Look Good, Small
    Getting into Concert Photography

    Thanks for asking for input.

  8. By the way nice work….

  9. I’m looking forward to this article – any news updates on this yet?

  10. I’ve been looking for this exact info on this topic for a while.  Bookmarked and recommended!

  11. Hi Daniel,

    All of those are great. The article won’t be the be-all-end-all of concert photography guides by any means (I have a word limit), but I’d like to write about some of the things that don’t get covered normally. I figure anyone with half a brain can tell you an f/5.6 lens won’t cut it.

  12. Hi Des,

    Thanks for your topics. Those are all good ones, some of which I’ve never considered. It’s looking like workflow is definitely something I’m going to have to cover (I’m drowning in photos I haven’t edited as I write this).

  13. Ugh, I am too, and given that I had to switch from PC editing to Mac editing without warning, it’s pretty bad.

  14. Hey Chris,

    Of course I understand the word limitation, otherwise you’d be doing a major concert photography guide which would also take you forever.

    I was just focusing some interesting (for me) topics that don’t usually get focus on the traditional more gear oriented guides (use a fast lens, etc, etc).

    If you have the possibility of covering any one of those topics that would already be very helpful to me (and others I believe).

    But you’re gonna have to deal with a lot of different topic requests, I believe, hehe.


  15. Hi Scott,

    Glad you like the No Doubt photos.

    The tutorial will be published on the Photoshelter blog later this month. The article I’m writing for them is a one-shot-deal until they ask me to write another one.

    Don’t let that get you down though – I’ll be expanding upon every topic with a series of articles here on my site.

  16. Hi Daniel,

    It’s a concert photography article! There are tons of awesome places to learn how to use wordpress. I just muddle through.

  17. Hi Kenya,

    Thanks for your topics. Your outline is quite close to the things I’m thinking about!

  18. Hey Chris,

    yeah, you’re right. It’s too much of a generic topic and it’s not directly related to concert photography.

    Let me say I really like the some of the new topics you’ve added (especially the prime vs zoom and the change location ones)!

    I’m sensing it’ll be a great article. Looking forward to see it ;)


  19. The article went live today!

    I couldn’t cover all of the topics I wanted to but I did cover as much ground as I could with the space I had.

    I hope it’s helpful!