Ra Ra Riot ©David Sorcher
Some will argue that young photographers need to pay their dues and that working free to build your portfolio is to be expected. I can agree with that to a point. I have certainly done my share of free work and dues paying in my day. But it is important not to make a long-term habit of it and to establish yourself and your work as something of real value. We school, we work hard, we invest thousands of dollars in our equipment and most importantly we have a talent and passion for the work we do that goes far beyond that of the average person's skill set.
This doesn't mean that i always need cold hard cash for my work, but there does need to be some adequate exchange. I am always amused when i shoot a band (or anybody, anyplace) and there is an assumption that you will simply email them photos. Because your picture have no real value, right? I suppose that means that the band will therefore be showing up with their instruments to entertain my friends at my next garden party? Well, if they are willing, we can talk. :-)
Believe what you will folks, but in spite of today's advanced technologies, you will not see shots like the one above taken with your cell phone from the 8th row. Even if you have the technology, being a photographer also involves the consistency of good composition and the ability see the light and recognize the moment. Yes Marissa, the world still needs professional photographers.
Here's one more from last night's show of The Shins. If you'd like to see more of that show, visit my FB page.
If you would like to see some of my best music shots visit please my website. :-)