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Thanks Kelly! Hoping to get credentials for Skynyrd in August as well.
I know a guy who gets paid to do this for the venue. Maybe you could look into that. You get in free, get a small fee and the venue gets some photos. Or maybe see about shooting for a local paper's music section.
to see my photos http://www.pbase.com/gardengirl13/
I'm happy to do it for my own portfolio. CMAC allows photography majors in to work on their portfolios...so I don't think they'd be keen on paying someone. I haven't had any luck with other venues. Either too difficult to find who to contact or they don't return my emails and phone calls. It's just fun to get the shots I get and be that close to the performers.
It was a really good show...$12 you couldn't go wrong.
I got my first opportunity to get out and capture some music at CMAC this year at the Last Summer on Earth tour last weekend. It featured Cracker, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Blue's Traveler and was headlined by Bare Naked Ladies. A great show all and all.
I rented a lens for this show, and while I was happy with the snappiness of the lens, I know for next time I need to rent something a little longer. Close ups were few and far between, limited to only when the musician came towards the front of the stage. And forget trying to capture the drummer. The Pentax 70-200 2.8 was what I had my eye on, however it was already rented out for that weekend.
Ed Robertson by Kyle Hobart, on Flickr
Jim Creeggan by Kyle Hobart, on Flickr
Todd Park Mohr by Kyle Hobart, on Flickr
The rest of the set here...
Thanks guys! Hopefully there will be several other shows this summer as well.