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Merlon Devine Performing At Blues Alley

by | Jan 27, 2024 | Concerts | 0 comments

As a seasoned concert photographer in the DMV area, I’ve had my share of unforgettable moments over the past nine years. However, one of my most embarrassing experiences occurred recently and highlighted the importance of professionalism and proper etiquette in concert photography.

I was capturing an artist’s performance during a recent concert when I noticed an audience member in the front row with a DSLR camera. It was immediately clear that this individual did not have authorization from the venue to shoot. Throughout the first and second songs, all I could hear was the incessant click of his shutter. I use a Nikon D750, known for its loud shutter, but this camera was in continuous shooting mode, seemingly at full speed.

After finishing my allotted three songs, I began to pack up my gear. Suddenly, the artist stopped the performance and asked the “camera person” to cease shooting. I froze momentarily, then glanced at the audience member, who continued unabated. I quickly informed an usher, who intervened, but the individual showed no remorse and refused to stop.

This incident made me angry and frustrated. It underscores the critical need for concert photographers and aspiring professionals to adhere to some basic rules and guidelines. Here are a few key points to remember:

  1. Seek Permission: Always get authorization from the artist’s management team or the venue before the event. Some artists or venues have strict policies against unauthorized photography.
  2. Respect the Venue and Artist: Just because you own a camera doesn’t mean you have the right to take photos. Respect the wishes of the artist and the venue.
  3. Be Mindful of Equipment Use: Continuous shooting can be disruptive, especially in quieter settings or when you’re near the stage. Loud shutters can distract performers and detract from the audience’s experience.
  4. Protect Yourself: Having permission protects you in case of any disputes. Unauthorized photographers risk being banned from venues or facing legal consequences.

In my case, I was fortunate to have the necessary permissions, but the unauthorized audience member could have faced severe repercussions. As professionals, we must maintain high standards and respect the artists and the venues we are privileged to capture.

By following these guidelines, we can ensure a positive experience for everyone involved and uphold the integrity of concert photography.


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