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The Art & Business Of Music Photography


The Art & Business Of Music Photography

Have you ever attended a concert or festival, but weren't allowed to bring a camera to the event, and stood there in envy as you watched the pro photographers work the photo pit while your favorite artist performed?

Well, that could be you.

Are you currently shooting shows, but do it as a hobby, for free, and would like to get paid for your efforts?

Well, if an artist or venue or event producer is getting value from your work, then you deserve more than just a free ticket for your efforts. You deserve to be paid for your time and creativity.

Photographing live music events can be one of the most enjoyable, but also one of the most technically-challenging, forms of the craft out there. Every venue, every stage, and every show is different, presenting unique challenges with stage lighting and performer dynamics. David walks the workshop participants through all of the technical ins and outs to help you build your portfolio, and earn yourself a photo pass for your favorite shows.

David also covers the business side of music photography, providing insight to prospective clients, how to market yourself, and to generate various income streams, while also emphasizing professional etiquette both inside and outside of the photo pit.  

This workshop is a "must" for anyone who is serious about becoming a professional music photographer, rather than just be someone with a decent camera who wants a free concert ticket and to have some fun.


Overview of Music Photography

Building Your Portfolio

Obtaining a Photo Pass

Life in the Photo Pit

Recommended Gear

Dealing with Stage Lights

Optimum camera settings for live music

Lens Selection


Professional Etiquette in and out of the Photo Pit

Business Opportunities - Getting paid for your work

Image Post-Processing Using Adobe Lightroom

Image critique session of students' work

SKILL LEVEL REQUIREMENTS:  Participants should have a reasonable understanding of the manual exposure controls, and other manual and automatic controls (e.g., auto-focus), of their cameras, and should possess a camera with interchangeable lenses (DSLR or Mirrorless model). Participants should also understand RAW file format, and have software to process this format into a final, universal image file. 

Maximum Group Size: Only Ten (10) students

Workshop Fee: $249 per person (after March 1, 2019)

Early Bird Discounted Ticket: $199 per person (expires 3/1/2019)


Where will we meet?

Please enter the workshop venue through the One Stop entrance on College Street (i.e., not through the Asheville Music Hall entrance on Patton Avenue).

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Participants must be 18 years of age or older.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

You are responsible for your own transportation to the One Stop at the Asheville Music Hall. All activities will be on site. There are plenty of parking options in Downtown Asheville.

What should I bring into the event?

Bring your camera and lenses, and any gear that you think you would use to photograph concerts and festivals. A laptop computer with Adobe Lightroom software may also be useful, but not essential.

Will we be photographing a live music event?

No, but we will have access to the stage and stage lighting upstairs at the Asheville Music Hall, and David will walk the group through some practical exercises in the afternoon.

How will our images be critiqued?

In the days leading up to the workshop, David will contact all of the participants with instructions regarding the image files needed for the workshop. The filles should be brought to the workshop on a flash / thumb drive.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

David Simchock can be contacted via email on ZGF2aWQgfCBkYXZpZHNpbWNob2NrICEgY29t

What's the refund policy?

This event is rain or shine.

Are meals included?

No, meals are not included. We will take a break about half-way through the workshop for lunch. You may bring a lunch, or pick one up near the venue in Downtown Asheville.

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