The iconic rock band Guns N’ Roses and their management are soon to end up in court. The band’s longtime photographer, Katarina Benzova, has filed a lawsuit against the band, accusing them of copyright infringement. What’s more, she’s also accused the band manager of sexual abuse.
Country singer Miranda Lambert recently got to the center of attention after she stopped singing in the middle of a concert. She did it to call out “influencers” who were taking selfies instead of enjoying the music, and she sparked a fierce debate all over the internet.
More than 100 famous musicians, including Tom Morello and Zack De La Rocha of Rage Against the Machine, have united in a boycott against venues that use face-scanning tech. Organized by the digital rights advocacy group Fight for the Future, this boycott defends digital rights. They believe this tech has no place at live events, and they’re aiming to ban it.
Some bands are better than others, and some are so bad I’d quite happily remove them. Of course, I’m talking about banding in your concert images, not the actual bands themselves on stage, although…nope, scratch that thought! I’m strictly talking about photography here, not musical taste.
So what causes this undesirable effect, and if you do encounter it, how do you avoid it or remove it after the fact? In this video, photographer David Bergman tells you how to tackle this frequent problem.
As somebody who flies drones himself, I’m always torn when it comes to drone regulations around the world. On the one hand, sure, we want the freedom to go out and fly our drones to shoot photos or videos or just have a bit of fun. On the other, there are a lot of idiots and careless people out there who should not be in control of a drone, especially when it comes to being around other people.
This incident is a perfect example of the latter, as popular Indian singer Benny Dayal was hit by a drone on stage during a live performance. It’s unclear if it’s known who was piloting the drone and in what capacity it was being used, but it was buzzing around him during his performance on stage when its propellers hit him in the head.
As a photographer, I’m very grateful for the existence of phone cameras. However, when I go to concerts, I can’t get over the fact that so many people watch them through their teeny tiny displays. They not only miss the show, but they block the view for all of us behind them.
While I received lots of hate for my rant on this topic, I’m not the only one who detests all those phones up in the air during concerts. In fact, performers hate them too, and Biran Molko and Stefan Olsdalof Placebo recently expressed it quite clearly.
There are musicians who don’t like seeing cameras in the crowd at their concerts. Some of them handle the issue with special pouches which ban you from using your phone camera during the show. Others go full metal and smash the camera pointed at them. At a recent show, singer Steve Lacy chose the second approach.
While he was performing, a fan threw a camera on stage. The singer got mad, took the second camera from the fan’s hand, and fiercely smashed it against the ground. Since everyone films concerts with their phones these days, it was all caught on camera.
Back in the 1980s, fans weren’t allowed to bring their cameras to concerts, but a Depeche Mode fan had an idea. He threw a roll of film on stage during the band’s concert with his name and address attached to it and a plea to the band to take photos.
It wasn’t only the idea that was cool, it was the band’s reaction, too. They picked up the film, took some photos, and later mailed them back to the fan. His widow recently shared them online and the story made my heart melt.
Led Zepellin, The Who, The Rolling Stones, The Police… If you could choose any band or musician to photograph who would it be? The role of rock band photographer has got to be one of those coveted jobs, and for a lucky few, it’s their day-to-day life.
Chicago City Winery house photographer Phil Solomonson has shot all of those groups, and more. DIYP caught up with him (before he jets off to photograph the Police’s drummer Stewart Copeland) to find out what tips he has for anyone aspiring to be a rock concert photographer.
There seems to be a popular conception out there that you don’t use flash under any circumstances during musical performances. While good manners and etiquette might suggest that this should be the default position to take when not told otherwise, there are times when flash is allowed and can bring you some fantastic results that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to achieve.
Like, if you’re there specifically to photograph the band. But how do you use the lights? How do you know where to put them for a live event when you don’t know what your subject’s going to do and where they’re going to do it? Well, this video from professional music photographer Todd Owyoung via Creative Live is going to tell and show you how.