So, you’ve obtained the elusive photo pit pass…SCORE! There are certain things you can do to make your life, and everyone else’s life around you, much more pleasant. OR you can be an inconsiderate d-bag, piss everyone off and likely never get a photo pass again.
I’m assuming you’d want to go with the first option, otherwise you probably wouldn’t be reading this blog.
Below are some Dos and Don’ts of concert photography while you’re in the photo pit:
- DO be kind to those around you. I’m talking fellow photographers, fans, and security (ESPECIALLY security). The fans have likely been waiting for hours just to see their favorite band up close, don’t ruin it for them. Security has the power to yank you from where you stand if you decide you want to be a d-bag. They’ll also save you (and your camera) from the kicks and punches of crowd surfers and mosh pitters…so there’s that.
- DO keep your elbows in and down while you’re shooting. This is important because 1. photo pits are often in very tight spaces 2. you don’t want to get in anyone else’s way and 3. you look like a noob.
- DO drop your backpack in a safe secure place, away from the fans and other places where it could get stepped on. You want to be able to move around easily.
- DO be aware of other photographers with you in the pit. Get your shot, then move out of the way for someone else. Don’t worry about them getting the exact same shot you do. Each person has a different look/style.
- DO glance behind you before you take a step backward… You don’t want to have photographers topple down behind you.
- DON’T bring a tripod/monopod. Just no.
- DON’T use flash of any kind. You don’t want to blind the performers.
- DON’T camp out in the same spot for the entire show. Move around and let others move around easily too.
- DON’T bring a drink with you in the pit. (Seems obvious, but needs to be said.)
- DON’T be a camera snob. So what if your fellow photographer doesn’t have the latest lens? So what if they only have an iPhone? They’re learning. You’ve been there before. Relax.
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