I really enjoy shooting concerts but not only for the music but because of the great opportunities to photograph the crowd.
I usually take a minute or two to shoot the mesmerized audience while they are totally engrossed in the show. However, it is much easier to accomplish this when I am in front of the people.
At the last two shows that I have shot- Fleetwood Mac and Tuesday night’s Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performance- I have been placed 100 feet back by the sound board instead in the pit at the front of the stage.
I don’t know if this is because of the seating configuration or because as artists get older, they prefer to keep the photographers farther away. Either reason, it makes my job a bit more challenging.
I am not very tall and to complicate matters I always seem to get stuck behind a former NBA star or an overly enthusiastic arm waver. Luckily, the early part of Bruce’s show last night had some calm stretches limiting the crowd’s exuberance.
A plus last night was that I was permitted to shoot the first three songs which is becoming more of a rarity. My worst, which I mentioned HERE in a blog entry from last summer ,was Taylor Swift who would only let photos be taken during the first 30 seconds of each of her first two songs. But I guess I should give a legendary artist like Taylor Swift the benefit of the doubt. Wink wink. It’s only those naive newcomers like Bruce Springsteen who allow shooters 20 plus minutes to do their job.