I kept watching the photographers in the photo pit and dreamed of being one of them, but I never felt good enough and was too shy to present my work. After completing Matthias' training I became the house photographer of the O2 Forum, got published in Kerrang! and had over 300 bands in front of my lens.
There's no reason for you to struggle and waste as much time as I wasted. "Shooting the Rockstars" will give you every single bit of information and knowledge you need to success in this business. I could easily sum it up saying that it will be the best money you would spend in your life.
The main problem i was facing was the business side of concert photography. I was photographing shows, but what next? What do I do with my photos? Who do I contact to gain access to bigger shows? As a result of this training, I will be going on tour with a band to shoot their new album launch & tour. The course gave me the confidence to sell myself and come over as a professional photographer
My main challenge was getting press accreditation and working for magazines in order to get access to bigger shows. After completing the course, I became a staff photographer for 'Rock At Night', I have been successful in applying for press passes for festivals and since I got to understand the business/marketing side I gained a lot of new followers of my work and I connected to like minded people in the industry
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
Before Shooting The Rockstars, I thought concert photography was quite difficult to approach. I was really interested but I didn't really know what lenses to use or how to shoot in manual. I was seeing all these cool photos, but I didn't even know how to try to achieve that result. After the course I can say I am more comfortable with myself and my gear and knowing all those things make me feel more confident. Now I think concert photography could be more than just a hobby!
The only big issue was that I felt stuck in my progress. I could not go any further, had no idea how to get closer to big bands or big venues. After going through this course I feel much more confident. Lectures about self-management, do's and don'ts of social interaction with the bands, ways of selling my photos, and other useful marketing tips specific to concert photography all came just at the right time
As I am currently a highschool student that got really sick of being forced to do stuff I don‘t enjoy, I was searching for some photo courses that would help me to improve my skills. After going through Shooting The Rockstars I only feel more convinced that this is my 'dream job'. I am now a staff photographer for a radio station. By becoming that, I managed to get my first photo pass for the upcoming Queen + Adam Lambert concert and some other festivals
I've shot in some venues I never thought I would I have been a photographer for The Hollies in front of just under 2500 people, this wasn’t even a week after I finished the Shooting The Rockstars program. The quality of my work has gone up so much, everything from approaching bands, promoters, venues through to sharing the images. I am proud of where I've got
I'm more thoughtful and methodical with my photography as a result of this training. I have since shot my first festival and moved up in ranks among one of the Web Mags I shoot for. I now get access to pick available shows 24/48 hours before the rest of my photo team
I was in doubts if I should enroll 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. I wish I wasn't that skeptic, and waited for this long to enroll it.
I've started allowing use of a selection of low resolution images for social media, which has lead to a few sales to bands of higher resolution unwatermarked images. I've felt more confident on the bands i've shot that i should be there - rather than a nagging feeling i wasn't good enough and should leave it to the professionals
As a results of this training, I have made significant progress (in a very short period of time) as a concert photographer. I can honestly say that Shooting The Rockstars was one of the best investments I have made in my young career
Concert photography was a challenge before. Even though I take professional training in photography, I was having trouble shooting in extreme low light situations. Now I have been hired as a freelance photographer for my local paper which gets me into concerts with a press pass
The one problem I had before was finding a starting point. I went to school for photography but it didn't really help with what I wanted to do. Shooting The Rockstars lit the fire in me, I started shooting way more and stopped being nervous to talk to the ones in charge
Learning all about the technical aspects, equipment, shooting techniques, business, photo pass, portfolio, marketing, and experiences from one of the most renowned concert photographers in the world is amazing!
My biggest problem was with marketing my work and getting access to shoot bigger bands. Also, it was one of my goals to find an outlet to shoot for. Before I even finish the whole course, I got to shoot two bands using Matthias methods and not even a month after I finished, I had offers to shoot for two different outlets
If you’re new to concert photography, this is a must-have-training! But even if you’ve been shooting bands for a couple of years, this academy is still of great value, and even a pro might learn more than a few things from it. Basically, it’s very highly recommended to everyone who wants to shoot bands.