when it comes to small venues: don’t be the douchebag with a camera thinking you can do anything because you a “photographer.” pile on that if you bring a flash because you don’t know how to control the settings in your camera, or cannot rent a “fast prime.”
the last two concerts, one in Europe and one in San Francisco — A Place To Be Strangers at Bottom of the Hill if that matters — had two such single individuals, so there is no monopoly to SF. there were other photographers that had a sense of measure as to what they were doing.
in both instances, with a packed audience, the photographer felt that he could move around during the entire concert through the front of the stage, all the while shoving the camera in between people’s faces, and setting the flash to fire to the side at one guy’s face (in the case of San Francisco).
as they cannot help themselves into their lack of talent, they have to chimp all the photographs, which then reveals a huge problem with their talent as concert photographers: not only are they going at it randomly, but really, what they are doing is taking
« hundreds photos of a single note, rather than a few shots of the performance ».
I really cannot emphasize that enough. conditions at small concert venues are of poor lighting which makes for interesting photography — depending on the band’s stage presence, of course — yet, it is more akin to the cartoon in this post. it is just snapping away at random rather than considering what is actually happening. furthermore, the small venue offers a great luxury: the photographer can take photos throughout the concert, rather than being confined to the first 1-to-3 songs as in bigger venues, and often they can bring an SLR without press pass. yet, rather than observing and taking photos here and there, it is just 73 photos per song for the entire concert.
really, there is no clear sense of why to take the photo, with what also seems to be that they don’t know how — from a camera settings to being considerate of the people around them.
let’s be clear. there are many categories for douchery at concerts: people who talk through songs, someone that cuts right in front of shorter people, etc. however, this does not mean that we can overlook the annoying photographer.
I was too far away to use my phone-flash on him… maybe next time.
[ comic image: from The Oatmeal ]