There are so many events around these days it shouldn’t be that hard to get into one to practise photography, but more often than not it is. If you are a keen photographer you’ll want to be in the best events to practise your photography, but you are disappointed to find out it’s not possible. Unfortunately in the live music photography industry, you can only get into certain events when you are a certain skill level. This means that if you are only practising photography, you are only going to be able to do that at events that aren’t very big. That is perfectly fine though, as you will be able to work your way up, and even though it will take you a while, it will certainly be worth it in the end when you are the go to person to hire for the biggest events in the world.
As above, getting into any concert isn’t going to be easy and it is going to take someone with a particular skill set to get involved, but that isn’t stopping you from trying. Many event organising want different people involved from different backgrounds who can produce something different, and that person is you. Whether you have just begun shooting pictures in your own garden, or you have sufficient experience already, you can be sure that there are still plenty of events to choose from. So, how do I get into these events? I hear you ask. Your only real option is to start at the bottom of the barrel and make a name for yourself in the industry. Have a look below at a few ways you can do just that:
- Social media – The best way of making a name for yourself is to get yourself setup on all of the social platforms that will connect you with everyone in the music industry. This will automatically give you an online presence that people can search for you. Of course, you will want to upload some of the pictures you have taken, whether that is in your local club or pub, it doesn’t matter, what matters is that they look good.
- Communicate with local pubs and clubs – There are always plenty of pubs and clubs in your local area without a photographer, and the reason for that is because they don’t want to pay for one. That’s good news for you because at this moment in time you aren’t in it for the money, that will come later, you are only in it to make a name for yourself right now.
- Search for events that allow photographers – Even though most good photographers get a pass to the front row and backstage, that doesn’t mean photographers can’t go in through the front door like everybody else. As long as the events in question allow cameras, that means you can go in there as a fan and come out with some great pictures of the event. This means you now have a portfolio to put on the likes of Facebook and Instagram for everybody to see.
- Tell your friends and family – Let your friends and family know what you are doing so they can get behind you and promote you on social media. This might not sound like much, but it can always help with the smaller events that then lead to the bigger ones. Who knows, it might turn out that one of your friends is already in the music industry one way or another, and it might create a chance for you to get involved too.
These are just a few of the things you can do to get your name out there as a music photographer; you could also use your local newspapers and online directories to give you a bit of free advertising. At the end of the day, anybody can be a music photographer, it just depends how badly you want it and what you are willing to do to get your name out there.
Photography by Dan Ox