Concerts are Taking their Toll
The continuous concerts are taking their toll on me. A lot of my issue comes from the large amount of bars and low lite areas that I often try and shoot in. Even at locations such as the House of Blues of Anaheim, require special conditions before I can enjoy them. The first part is lighting. If I have a big venue with plenty of different and fluctuating lights, I get the shivers. The issue I come across is that many of the people taking control of the lights need more experience. I can’t complain to much since when the bigger acts come in, more seasoned pro’s come in. But I am noticing more and more often how many venues ignore the odd lighting to the crowed and frontal lighting. A lot of times now I am seeing great back light but the performers entire face and front is black. If that wasn’t enough the color of the season appears to be blue and purple. It never looks right to have purple lighting at a rock show.
Another issue I face is time. With every concert I normally look at an hour or more of driving. Up to two hours of just uploading to my computer another hour to two of selecting what I will want to edit, then I face four or so hours of editing. Then I need to create the folder on my site, upload the images and share them. This is also addition to the six or more hours I spend at the show itself. Since with many locations I need to pay for parking and gas, my cost can go up to $38, which isn’t a lot when I only ask for $40 to shoot a show. But, that is what I call cost of advertising and getting my name out their as quickly as possible.
The moments that make them all worth while are the friends people I have met over these short moments. A lot has changed over the years that I started my photography. The people I have met made sure of that and there hasn’t been one moment I regret from it.
But it is here when the large shows refuel me and get me excited.
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