1. What did you think about concert photography BEFORE enrolling in Shooting The Rockstars?
Music has always been my passion. Being a musician, I started shooting other bands that were on the same bill as mine and from there started to get more interested in the art of shooting. After some of my photos landed on some friends albums, I started to get more serious. After shooting as a hobby and making a bit of money for 8 years, I started shooting more than playing in bands. Then after transitioning out of my 20 year career in telecommunication, I turned professional and took the leap to photography full time. I wondered how to turn my passion of music and photography into a new career as a concert photographer, and that's when I enrolled in Shooting the Rockstars!
2. What did you think about concert photography AFTER going through the training?
After taking the course, many things I had questioned about my path were verified and answered. Other questions like how to take the next step, get published, how to value and charge for my work at were addressed. I acquired valuable information, grew leaps and bounds, and learned some hard truths about the business. I have no reservation recommending this course to the complete newbie photographer, hobbyist, or new professional photog!
3. What big problem were you facing BEFORE Shooting The Rockstars? What from Shooting The Rockstars helped you solved that problem?
Before Shooting the Rockstars, I was faced with the age old question in the music business, (and arts in general), "What's it worth?" It's always a question as a musician or photographer, how much is my art form worth. Another problem was how to move to the next level and gain access into larger venues to shoot touring bands. Shooting the Rockstars laid out a road map of how to make the move from local clubs to shooting in larger venues.
4. What specific results have you achieved as the result of this training?
What I have achieved as a result of this training? Well I would say confidence. Confidence in my photography skills, in my ability to market myself, and in laying out a new way to approach the business side. I have learned how to set into motion ways to achieve shooting in larger venues, festivals, and how to contact bands or their management.
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?
What I would tell another "new student" about Shooting the Rockstars, is to take in all the information. Matthias has laid out a well-planned road map of how to get you to the next level, shared some of the pit falls, and given some hard truths about the business. Listen to the lectures and take it all in, process it, and if you're serious about becoming a Rockstar Photographer, embrace it! Grow your confidence and get shooting!