July 13, 2009 – The wait is over. My concert photography article is now live over on the PhotoShelter blog. The article is part of their new LEARN series (a totally sick collection of business resources for photographers).

Thank you to everyone who submitted topics for the piece on my previous post and on twitter. Even at 7-pages and 3,300 words, the article still doesn’t cover everything that you all asked for and that I wanted. I’ll be writing about everything I left out in the weeks to come. In case the article creates more questions than it answers, drop me a line over on my contact page.

  1. New blog post: How to Take the World’s Best Concert Photos —

  2. RT @chrisowyoung: New blog post: How to Take the World’s Best Concert Photos — – Great stuff – thanks!

  3. Good read. Nice work Chris.

  4. Awesome job, Chris. Enjoyed reading parts over and over. I sent you a question I had, if you get a chance.

    Thanks! Again, great job.

  5. Oh GEEZE! Sorry for the double post – but I totally forgot my most important comment:

    This article INSPIRED me! Just makes me wanna get out and shoot, shoot, and shoot some more. I’ve been down about not having a publication to work with or anywhere to use my photos, finding someone to publish photos, etc. Nearly done with my concert site and now I’m ready to get out there and hit them up with the best of em.

    Thanks again, Chris!

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  9. Great job Chris…

    plenty of useful tips here.


  10. Scott

    Hey Chris,

    I enjoyed the article, especially the connections and pricing sections.

    I saw under pricing that you mention stock. Don’t stock agencies require model releases for stock photos assuming the subject is recognizable? How would you shoot concert photography for stock? I can see this applying to artier (is that a word??) photos where you can tell it’s a live action band shot, but you can’t say for sure what band it is. Does the fact that you had a photo pass count as a release? I may have asked too many questions for a quick response. :)


  11. You are almost too awesome. Don’t forget to turn off the genius switch once in a while and cool yourself!

  12. Very useful #concert #photography tips.

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  14. Denise

    I just wanted to thank you for all of the information you have online regarding concert photography. I took everything you had to say and used it for a concert that I shot at (personal use) and I absolutely LOVE the way the pictures came out. They are amazing (IMO)!! So thanks again!

  15. Thanks Kyle. I hope it was at least marginally informative. As much as I wanted to avoid the basics, the entire concept of a “tutorial” sorta limits things.

    What did you find most interesting?

  16. Ha. Thanks Chris. I know we spoke about this yesterday, but I think the most important thing is to keep doing the work (nearly) regardless of circumstance.

  17. Thanks Valerio, I’d love to know which parts you found most useful. Best, Chris

  18. Hi Scott,

    I’m glad you enjoyed the article!

    I’ve been getting a lot of emails on this topic. When I talk about stock photography, I’m referring to your archive of existing images as opposed to assignment photography where you’re hired to create new images.

    If you had permission to create the images for editorial use in the first place and you own the copyright, you probably have the right to resell those images as stock for new editorial uses.

    For agencies that deal in editorial content like Getty and Corbis, you don’t need a model release for concerts just like you don’t need a model release for photos taken on the red carpet or other public events.

  19. Ha! Thanks John!