1. What did you think about concert photography BEFORE enrolling in Shooting The Rockstars?
To be honest, from the very first shoot I was following Matthias’s work, as I did some research before going to my friend’s gig. For obvious reasons (even though I did photography as a hobby, but different fields of photography needs different setting and rules to keep an eye on) I was looking up some advice on google, when I bumped into his website that I have to add was the only one that was really informative for my needs.
Then I started to do more gigs as I felt like this is where I belong to, and loved the energy and adrenaline when I’m at the photo pit, but still thought of it as a hobby, did not believed in myself and that I actually might have a talent. – Long story short, I thought this is just the best thing to do, but wasn’t even thinking about do it for living.
2. What did you think about concert photography AFTER going through the training?
After the training I actually felt like even I can do it. And as I did marketing for a living earlier, I was in doubts if I should enrol and it actually will show me the way to be a concert photographer or just a typical marketing talk and wanted my money. The reason I purchased is that since I was following his work for a while I started to realize that he has created the whole community for a greater good, and has NO selfish and money orientated reasons. What is unfortunately really rare nowadays.
He brought concert photography to a level where I can see myself actually living in. Now I know that If I want to, I will be able to achieve it, but yes, I need to focus and push myself, but all the time when I reach the next step that he sets up through the course it is just an amazing feeling to be closer and closer to my goals. – Especially because of the feedbacks and help that’s been given in the meanwhile. I think you can’t really go wrong, as there are so many people in this community to advice and help you if you stuck, or not sure in what you do.
3. What big problem were you facing BEFORE Shooting The Rockstars? What from Shooting The Rockstars helped you solved that problem?
I did not know how to start to grow. I reached the point when I realized shooting in little venues is not good enough anymore, but did not know what and how shell I do to make the next step. Then I started the course and it taught me how to reach the next levels step by step.
4. What specific results have you achieved as the result of this training? Please be as specific as possible.
Understanding who to looking for and reach out for the most competent people for getting in venues. Build my professional portfolio. Got published in a few online magazines even before finishing the course. Getting into bigger venues via magazines I got contact in with.
5. What would you tell another "new student" of Shooting The Rockstars? What words of advice would you have now that you've gone through the program?
If you are reading this that means you are already at the right place. And if you know/realized by now that concert photography is more than just a hobby for you, but not entirely sure that the course worth it, then you should not hesitate longer then a week or two. I recommend you to check his work, community, feedbacks to make yourself sure that you are at the right place with the right people around who going to help you through whatever your difficulties will be. I wish I wasn’t that skeptic, and waited for this long to enroll it.