How To Get A Press Pass For Concert Photography

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How do I go a “printing pass” for concerts?

I am an advanced apprentice who would similar to take concert photo’south for a website that I am developing. My problem is that most concerts let betoken and shoot camera’s simply, simply no “professional” camera’south without a printing pass. I am not working for the press. How practice I get approval to bring my photographic camera? Who do you commonly talk to – booking amanuensis? promoter?

Is at that place some generic “press laissez passer”?

I normally end up with seats in the first few rows so I am shut enough to get some good shots with the right camera.

Davidlw •

Senior Member

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Re: How exercise I get a “press pass” for concerts?

Photograph the Concert Master in a compromising position then, just kidding. Go to the Concert Managers and offer to shoot a couple of concerts at your cost and requite the hall some free prints, get to know some of the people that work at the Hall and politic your way in there.

Dirtracer49

wrote:

I am an advanced amateur who would like to take concert photograph’s for

a website that I am developing. My problem is that most concerts

permit point and shoot camera’due south only, only no “professional person” photographic camera’due south

without a printing pass. I am non working for the press. How do I

get approving to bring my camera? Who do you commonly talk to –

booking agent? promoter?

Is there some generic “printing pass”?

I ordinarily end up with seats in the first few rows then I am shut

enough to get some good shots with the right camera.

PR Agents control Cocert Photography

Dirtracer-

Arena concert bands(5000 seat plus) all accept PR Agents for the tour who cordinate all printing activities including photography. Y’all can generally observe out who the press agent is by calling the record characterization or booking agent.

PR agents give priority to large media outlets(Idiot box, Magazines, Newspapers, etc.) and coordinate with the editors of those outlets. They control access by photographers from those outlets though the editors for national and local media. The PR agents concern is getting practiced pictures and big public exposure in established outlets. Since y’all tin can’t offering large public exposure, your chances of getting a photo pass for concert bands for your personal website are very slim.

You lot need to start to develop your portfolio and connections by shooting more local bands in smaller venues. Offer to shoot for artists and venues for free at first(but don’t give abroad your copyright). Past building your connections and skills, you lot will eventually be able to shoot at concerts. As with any photography-the more than impressive your subjects and clients get, the more than you will be able to access events reserved for professionals.

Hope that helps-

Scott

Dirtracer49

wrote:

I am an avant-garde amateur who would like to take concert photo’s for

a website that I am developing. My problem is that nearly concerts

allow indicate and shoot camera’s only, but no “professional” camera’due south

without a printing pass. I am not working for the press. How practise I

get approval to bring my camera? Who do you commonly talk to –

booking agent? promoter?

Is there some generic “printing pass”?

I normally end upward with seats in the start few rows so I am close

enough to get some good shots with the right camera.

Re: PR Agents command Cocert Photography

Thank you Scott,

I already have the names and #’s of the agents for one of the concerts I would like to shoot. I will fax them a asking and see if that works.

Scott G Spellman

wrote:

Dirtracer-

Arena concert bands(5000 seat plus) all accept PR Agents for the bout

who cordinate all press activities including photography. You lot can

generally find out who the printing amanuensis is by calling the tape

label or booking amanuensis.

PR agents give priority to big media outlets(TV, Magazines,

Newspapers, etc.) and coordinate with the editors of those outlets.

They control access past photographers from those outlets though the

editors for national and local media. The PR agents concern is

getting practiced pictures and large public exposure in established

outlets. Since you lot can’t offer big public exposure, your chances

of getting a photo laissez passer for concert bands for your personal website

are very slim.

You lot need to first to develop your portfolio and connections past

shooting more local bands in smaller venues. Offer to shoot for

artists and venues for free at first(just don’t requite abroad your

copyright). By building your connections and skills, you will

eventually exist able to shoot at concerts. As with any

photography-the more impressive your subjects and clients get,

the more than y’all will be able to access events reserved for

professionals.

Hope that helps-

Scott

Dirtracer49

wrote:

I am an avant-garde amateur who would like to accept concert photograph’south for

a website that I am developing. My problem is that most concerts

allow point and shoot photographic camera’s only, only no “professional” camera’south

without a press pass. I am not working for the press. How practice I

become approval to bring my camera? Who do you usually talk to –

booking agent? promoter?

Is there some generic “press pass”?

I normally stop upward with seats in the first few rows so I am close

enough to get some skillful shots with the right camera.

Re: PR Agents control Cocert Photography

2 groups control access, the band’s management and the concert promoter (like FX for example). The venue itself normally has very little to say near it beyond these two groups. Once you gain admission from both they will usually simply let you lot shoot the beginning 3 songs simply. Frankly, I’thousand suprised y’all could get your photographic camera into a testify. Well-nigh big acts prohibit “recording devises” of whatsoever kind. Especially ones that look “professional” like an slr or dslr.

As Scott said, you demand to contact the band’s direction showtime and try that route. Often you will need to also go through the dreaded concert promoter. These people can be the devil in some cases. I like Scott’s advice to shoot small shows in your area where there is little, if any, restriction for cameras and you tin develop a porfolio of work to assist get your foot in the door with the larger acts.

peter •

Senior Member

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here ya go

what is that?

peter cartier

wrote:

http://www.aipress.com/press.html

Take you had whatever success with this sort of thing? I really do not believe that any serious venue will ever believe this sort of thing… Most events yous must contact the PR department Before the effect, and in these cases they provide credentials for the event (ie – at that place are no universal credentials). You would exist better off flashing a APA badge over something like this! But because you take a hat that says “Printing”, an ID card, and a window sticker… doesn’t make you lot part of the media. Information technology’southward people who utilise this type of stuff that cause problems. If you don’t have a real reason to be at that place (working on assignment for an appropriate media outlet), you lot shouldn’t be at that place.

-Todd…

peter •

Senior Member

• Posts: 1,228

I personaly

Wouldn’t apply it but I know I guy that gets into concerts to take photo’south with information technology, I tin’t stand concerts or spoting events my self, only he does and information technology works for him,