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Behind the Lens: A Day in the Life of a Concert Photographer




  1. Pre-Show Prep: Probably the most chaotic part for me – trying to wrangle my gear into submission while simultaneously wondering if I remembered to eat breakfast. It's a mad scramble of charging batteries, checking memory cards, and mentally preparing for the day ahead. (I'm almost 30, so these (9:30 pm set times are killer.

  2. The Pit: That coveted slice of real estate at the foot of the stage where photographers jostle for position like a pack of hungry wolves. It's a battleground of elbows and camera lenses, where the weak are trampled and only the strongest survive. (Honestly this is such an exaggeration, everyone I've met has been so kind)

  3. Capturing the Moment: When the lights dim and the music kicks into high gear, it's showtime. My eyes are glued to the viewfinder, scanning the stage for those fleeting moments of pure magic. It's like trying to catch lightning in a bottle – exhilarating, nerve-wracking, and incredibly addictive. (Look for the moments no one else notices)

  4. The Challenges: Let's not sugarcoat it – concert photography is no walk in the park. From battling with wonky lighting to dodging overzealous security guards, every gig comes with its own set of challenges. But hey, if it were easy, everyone would be doing it, right? (but also if I can do it anyone can)

  5. Post-Show Review: And now, the moment of truth – sorting through the wreckage of the night's shoot. It's a bit like playing detective, sifting through a mountain of photos in search of that one elusive gem. But when you finally find it, glowing like a diamond in the rough, it's all worth it.


It's incredibly unpredictable, but incredibly fun. So the next time you see a photographer sweating it out in the pit, give 'em a nod of respect – they're out there chasing dreams and capturing memories for all of us to enjoy.

x SP

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