|Photography is an art. From years of experience in the industry, Sarge suggests all bands utilize this to look organized and professional. Photos can be an effective way of promoting your music, and help make an impression on your fans.|
1.Look for a photographer who is passionate about music, and understands what you are looking for. Place advertisements in newspapers, magazines, or online. Referrals from friends help too! Be sure to review their work, before you offer them the job, so there are no surprises. It is highly recommended to photograph your practice sessions, live shows and interviews to document everything for the future.
2. Always discuss locations before doing a photo shoot. Different climate conditions should be under consideration as well. Locations can affect the type of equipment the photographer may use, or time of day it is scheduled. Usually abandoned houses, walls with graffiti, beaches, warehouses, open fields etc. are attractive locations for photo shoots. Make sure you have permission to be on private property and also consider the cost of your location.
3.Fashion is an indispensable part of life. It is been said that “photos capture a moment that’s gone forever and impossible to reproduce.” A band can demonstrate their fashion statements through their photographs. Getting published in magazines and newspapers is necessary to succeed. Make sure you are not wearing any inappropriate clothing that will limit your press options, or brandings that you may not have permission to endorse.
Sarge Tip You can design this yourself using a program like Photoshop or Gimp or you can have the key card manufacturer use their own design template. A third option is to submit the logo for your event to the manufacturer and have them work it in to one of their existing design templates..
You can design this yourself using a program like Photoshop or Gimp or you can have the key card manufacturer use their own design template. A third option is to submit the logo for your event to the manufacturer and have them work it in to one of their existing design templates..
4. Live events can allure amateur and professional photographers. While meeting photographers, introduce yourselves and exchange business cards for networking. Thank them for taking interest in your band, and you may end up with some free photos out of the deal. Larger shows tend to gain more media coverage, so be on the lookout for press opportunities! You can usually tell the difference between an amateur and a pro from the equipment they carry. Watch for higher end pro-consumer equipment, as opposed to an iPhone.
5.Once you’ve spotted a photographer, help them out! Most touring acts are aware that photo passes are granted access for the first 3 songs. This means that you have a limited time to allow the perfect picture. Hold poses for 5 seconds, and get close! They will appreciate your professionalism. Better pictures, mean better chance of landing on the cover of the magazine, blog or newsletter!
6.Besides the thousands of dollars in gear, the photographer is also putting time into editing, and intellectual property rights. Remember that some photographers attract attention from industry pro’s too. So, there may be perks included in the price they are asking for. If you don’t have the budget to pay them, consider buying them a drink. Remember, free photos should always be credited to the photographer. This includes albums, social media posts, etc.
Compiled by Nazia Adnin