Photography for Musicians – Published in Forte Magazine
February 12, 2009 by rockportrait
Working in the rock photography business means you are regularly challenged by the scores of music fans with cameras – whether it be directly when you’re trying to work around them at a gig, or via bands who don’t yet understand the difference between fan-shot images, and professional, marketable ones. You know, I’ve even met management representatives who don’t understand the difference.
Late last year I wrote a two-page spread for Forte magazine in a contribution to their “Essential Young Musician’s Guide” series. Forte is the music street press for the Geelong and western Victoria region. They’ve only just recently made the issue available online, so I can now reproduce it for your enjoyment.
Key points I covered included:
- The band photos used in the bio, and CD artwork, can be a deal breaker. They need to be professionally shot.
- Presenting amateurish photography is almost as much a backward step as presenting amateurish demos on Myspace.
- Effective live gig photography is not easy, and requires a real knowledge of light as much as an understanding of stagecraft.
- A Myspace page is not enough. Whilst it has it’s purpose, you need a professional web presence.
- Find a photographer with creative vision that aligns or compliments your own.
- Ask questions about experience, charging, contractual rights, numbers of images, gear and recommendations
Attached is the article itself. If you have an interest in hiring a photographer (hopefully me!) or you’re dabbling in the idea of rock photography yourself, then do yourself a favour and add this to your reading material.
Apologies for the typos throughout. I can’t do everything myself, as much as I would like to, so typesetting fell into the hands of the publication itself.
What do you think?
Just for a bit of fun, and to find out who’s reading this far into my article, here is my initial suggestion for an advertisement I took out in the same magazine, and following is their final proof supposedly based on mine. Quite a bit different. Tell me which one you like best, or none if you think they’re both rubbish.