Beginnger(ish) in Concert Photography Seeks Advice
I cringe a little as I type "beginner" because I found my skills with photography my freshman year of *high school* and as I am now 32, that was one million years ago (or, 17.)
I took to film photography like a fish in water and fell. in. love. Utilizing the elements and principles of design to capture the often overlooked beauty of our world through a lens has, in all honesty, been the only thing I ever felt good at. That being said, my biggest regret so far is having let life pull me away from art.
Now, at 32, I'm putting my foot down. I'm sick of my day job in marketing. I'm finally finding my path and I know it is combining my two greatest passions: photography and (live) music. This is where you all (hopefully) come in. I need to get (back?) in the game.
To start, let me just tell you - without any boastfulness or vanity - I have a good eye. I know angels. I think ahead about where the set up will lead a final photo. OF COURSE there will be room for improvement and learning for as long as I live, but that's not really what this thread is about. Just for the record.
I have an old Pentax K1000 (the actual best camera ever made) and my iPhone 8 Plus. Clearly, I need to add to my collection but I'm torn. Do I go for a fancy DSLR or mirrorless, as most venues do not allow patrons to bring "professional" camera equipment (meaning a detachable lens.) And of course, these babies ain't cheap and I don't have an endless supply of funds, so where do I draw the line with equipment? What is "good enough" to start with?
Next, how do I get that coveted pass that makes me official for bands? I know the generic answer - I am in marketing after all - build relationships. Which I've done. But it's the :gulp: ASK I have a hard time with. "Hi. Can you get me a pass to stand in front of everyone else and take pictures? Kthanks." I have a hard time with that.
I realize this is now a somewhat long post, and I thank those of you that have stuck with me. As you can see, my passion in there. I'm just looking to a community of like-minded folks for some advice. And remember, helping others doesn't hurt you. I don't want to steal your clients or take your gigs, just to build my own.
A million thank you's to those that read this, and a million more to any that are willing to offer some advice. I appreciate you.