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Concert and Live Music Photography: Pro Tips from the Pit Kindle Edition

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About the Author

J. Dennis Thomas is a professional photographer and author based in the "Live Music Capital of the World”, Austin, TX. He has written more than a dozen highly successful books for the Wiley Publishing "Digital Field Guide” series as well as articles in many different areas of photographic technique. Dennis writes the popular J. Dennis Thomas Digital Field Guide Companion blog (http://deadsailorproductions.com) as well as the equally popular Austin Live! (http://austin-live-music.com), and Capturing Better Photos and Video with your iPhone (http://betteriphonephotos.blogspot.com/). J. Dennis Thomas has been photographing bands and concerts since the early 90's. He is represented by Corbis Images and his live music work has been featured in print in such magazines as Rolling Stone, SPIN, Country Music Weekly, among others. He has also contributed photography to many books such as Thomas H. Greer's Rock Shrines and Photos That Inspire: Photo Workshop by Lynne Eodice. Dennis' entertainment and celebrity photos have also been featured all over the web, including rollingstone.com, MSN Wonderwall, Spinner.com, and AOL.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 17651 KB
  • Print Length: 262 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0240820649
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (12 Nov. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ABLJIRY
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I've taken a few gig photos in the past and received just enough positive feedback that I decided I wanted to know how to do it properly. I bought this book and was glad I did. The range of advice given is excellent, from how to shoot in small, badly lit venues, to large stadiums, through how to get into the photographers pit and all the way to guidance on how to post-process your photos. I read it cover to cover in a couple of days and plan to have a re-read soon. There are plenty of excellent photos to have a look at and each photo had an overview of the camera kit and settings used to learn from. The book is very well written but it wasn't until I saw one of his photos that looked familiar that I realised that I already owned another of his books (the Nikon D3100 Digital Field Guide) so I suppose that make me a fan :)

Update: I still find myself referring to this book on occassion ... in fact I did so this morning!
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I've been doing big name concert photography professionally for some months. I bought this book soon after starting out in this field (when I was shooting mostly in pubs and small venues) in the hopes that it would provide solid, in-depth information, particularly with regards to processing photos which are often overexposed in a single colour channel or require extensive colour work to get a natural feel. The problem is that the book is filled with a lot of frankly not particularly helpful waffle, and most chapters needlessly repeat information from previous ones. If you removed the repeated info, this book would probably be half its length. Furthermore, I don't understand the necessity to repeatedly explain basic photographic concepts like shutter speed, ISO and aperture when people who are shooting gigs are likely to already have a good understanding of these.

I guess this book may be useful to someone who has just bought their very first camera and has an ambition to learn concert photography, but for anyone who already knows how to use a camera and is looking for very in-depth information for techniques on processing punchy, publication-ready images, you're not going to learn much here. I daresay many of the photos used to illustrate the book are not particularly impressive either (although it's fair to point out there are also many great photos - but in the art world, we say you're as good as your worst work, tending to assume that the good ones are flukes when they're accompanied by ones of lesser quality).

Additionally, at the risk of coming across as a terrible pedant, I couldn't help but notice numerous grammar and spelling mistakes throughout. This gives a very poor impression.
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This is a top class photographer whose book is an inspiration, I'd never come across any of his work before reading this book, his photo's speak a thousand words, and he has captured a new angle to live music photography, I can't wait to grab my camera and get to work at the next live gig !!!!
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The young lady that received this book was thrilled with it and it gave her plenty of tips! Thank you
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