mcshan

Lives in United States United States
Works as a firearms-long retired.
Joined on Jul 27, 2007

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I had one brand new never used for years somewhere here. I bought two and enjoyed having a small camera around. The first was reliable so I never used the second.

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2016 at 15:23 UTC as 109th comment
On article 19 tips for better live music photography (108 comments in total)
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Pete T.: Tip the band.
Send the band pictures.
Bring business cards.
Always introduce yourself with "the house" (ie; Club manager, head bouncer, band members) and ensure it's "cool" to photograph.

Good point Mr. Bolton, I was front row for Ringo Starr and had it happen. Sometimes the word doesn't get out. I do miss the days of shooting in the 70s. I'll never forget the phrase "cameras are part of an Elvis concert". They didn't mind at all. You would think that today those taping songs or a complete show would be a bigger concern than still shots.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2016 at 13:16 UTC
On article 19 tips for better live music photography (108 comments in total)
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Jon wood: Having shot bands for over 20 yrs directly, and for record labels, PR companies and the music press, i read this article with interest. Flash is a major no no, some bands stipulate that along with venues, flash is not needed these days, bands hate it, and most importantly the public hate it too.
Only thing I would add is be careful what you sign, as a professional you want to make money out of a shoot, but not be exploited as some contracts would do, If in doubt don't sign, don't shoot, and maintain your integrity...

The flash advice jumped out at me. I don't get it. As noted performers don't like it. I had a friend who devised a system (ladies stockings etc) so when close to the stage his flash didn't bother Elvis. I was non flash even then. When looking at the sample shots in this article I realized how far I am on modern rock performers. Many top stars are staged dance acts but real rock still exists.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2016 at 02:14 UTC
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amateurphotographer: I also shoot concerts for a living. In no particular order, 1) check singer is right or left handed for mic, 2) 2 cameras to save time switching lenses, 3) stage lights as rim lighting, 4) listen to the beat to time the shot, 5) low-angle wide for drama 14-24mm, 6) stand on safety barrier for sec for high shot for energetic crowd. 6) full manual mode 7) iso 1600-3200, don't burn out highlights,8) stand on side with guitar opening out, capture sheen off the guitar surface. 9) shoot silhouettes - strong back light. 10) scout location before start. 11) step ladder at rear with long tele, or stand on AV guys area 12) intro yourself to AV crew/lighting guys/stage manager 14) remote cameras if possible for other interesting angles - use intervalometer, rather than remote as signal maybe not good. 13) composition is more important than technical (use RAW), 14) shoot more frames on face to ensure mouth expression is good, same with eyes. 15) close up on guitar fret. 16) enjoy the show

Earplugs are a great idea. They have come a long way if you want to go high end. Having been around guns being fired for decades I can vouch that tinnitus is very real. Some sufferers can adjust but it has led to suicide. Be smart.

This has proven to be a solid thread.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2016 at 02:07 UTC
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Paul Petersen: Shooting in manual at bigger shows with dynamic lighting seems illogical.
Although using spot metering, -1-2 EV comp with RAW makes most sense.
Also Upper end Nikon's with highlight weighted metering is the bomb. Wish my 7200 had it.
If back in the crowd at big shows a 70-300VR works fine since their lighting is plenty good and is light enough to handle all night.

Yes, negative exposure compensation is almost mandatory when shooting digital in most lighting situations. Some solid advice out here.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2016 at 02:01 UTC
On article 19 tips for better live music photography (108 comments in total)
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Pete T.: Tip the band.
Send the band pictures.
Bring business cards.
Always introduce yourself with "the house" (ie; Club manager, head bouncer, band members) and ensure it's "cool" to photograph.

GREAT advice. Over the years I have been granted access that many could only dream about. I have gone one step further and written (real letters on paper) to clubs-arenas in advance. Most top VIP security companies already know me but I still go through channels. It is a professional courtesy. I no longer bring large gear in and haven't since Sinatra passed but being polite used to open doors and still can.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2016 at 01:59 UTC
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Roadrunner123: I think this is theft not robbery. There was no violence or even the threat of violence. This is really shoddy, illiterate reporting.

You don't know me. I might even eat an eye or two.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2016 at 00:13 UTC
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mcshan: Sorry but this would not have happened to me.

I've been to many places worse than Brazil. I'm all set and I'll leave it at that.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2016 at 00:11 UTC
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starwolfy: They should come to Korea. People here leave their phone on the coffee shop tables while they go to the rest room. Amazing ;)

I love to visit Japan and Korea. Both wonderful destinations and so many nice people. I have wonderful memories and intend to go back.

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2016 at 15:22 UTC
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Charlie Jin: I think that it is a matter of view point. They would call it "redistribution", not robbery.

Time for them to start cutting off hands.

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2016 at 15:18 UTC
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mcshan: Sorry but this would not have happened to me.

I've traveled to many a hellhole (Detroit included) around the globe for decades and it hasn't and won't happen to me. Best for them not to even try.

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2016 at 15:04 UTC
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DavidsfotosDotCom: Get some dye bombs (like bank use, you have to rob a bank to get them though, so make your own) that explode tear gas or pepper spray when more that 7 feet from your transmitter. Get some 80 pound clear fishing line about 6' long as an invisible leash, before they can get their knife out you can club them with your mono pod, walking stick, ski pole / cane. You should know you look like a walking ATM in many places. If your caring a local grocery bag not a shopping bag you may fly under the radar mos the time but these people are hungry all the time.

I would prefer exploding bags that take their head off.

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2016 at 12:32 UTC
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photo perzon: Those AMERICAN innocents are gonna lose cameras, credit, cash, watch, the brazilians are magicians...they have 20 tricks...my father was rushed by 10 children pinned against the wall and magically lost the gold watch and cash and credit cards. Enjoy the olympics.

I have been everywhere and it has never happened to me and won't. I don't trust anyone especially in a third world nation.

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2016 at 12:29 UTC
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Roadrunner123: I think this is theft not robbery. There was no violence or even the threat of violence. This is really shoddy, illiterate reporting.

It makes no difference if there was violence or not. They should get 20 years in prison. Try to take my gear and they would get three feet and the the last words they ever word hear would be "f you".

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2016 at 12:25 UTC

Sorry but this would not have happened to me.

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2016 at 12:22 UTC as 86th comment | 8 replies

Some people will do anything to get the Kurosowa boxset.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2016 at 15:50 UTC as 12th comment
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theweekendlens: "Fukushima No Go Zone" by Guillaume Bression and Carlos Ayesta is far more interesting than this. In fact, some of the shots (like the one of him 'shopping' in the grocery store) suggest that perhaps he's familiar with their work? Anyway, they do a much better job of documenting the abandoned spaces of the exclusion zone. Of course, gaining legit access and spending 5 years documenting the area helped.

I thought I had seen these or similar images before but at my age one can't be too sure. Yes, No Go Zone was more accomplished. Thank you for shaking loose a memory.

I prefer legal access. I do enjoy the occasional Urban Exploration set but HDR has all but ruined the genre. Same old same old.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2016 at 15:44 UTC
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noflashplease: It's worth remembering that all of the American press was heavily censored during Second World War. If an enterprising investigative reporter had discovered the incorrect name attribution at the time, it wouldn't have made it to press.

The real lesson here is that we shouldn't idealize the past. We are the living in the "Greatest Generation."

Except there was no "official deception".

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2016 at 17:37 UTC

Nothing worse than sitting next to some fool at a concert holding up their cell phone for half the show.

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2016 at 01:17 UTC as 160th comment | 1 reply
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Mike Sanservino: Finally, this second flag raising was not staged for a camera shot. These dog tired Marines were given a task to do, and that was to replace the smaller flag with the larger flag. They did that and then went back to the battle, where several of them were subsequently killed or wounded. Joe Rosenthal was caught a bit by the rapidity of the flag going up, and got a quick shot. He did not even see his shot until over a month later. It would behoove many to do a little research prior to posting ignorant comments. It's not like it doesn't take more than a few seconds to find historical information these days.

Thanks Mike, It wasn't staged but some just don't get it. The same people don't get (or want to get?) the name mix up. It was RARE for those in combat to be identified in photos. Most families back home didn't even know their loved ones were taking part in that battle. The Marines were still fighting at the time and nobody was aware a photo had been taken that would someday be iconic.
Your post was dead on. Thank you.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2016 at 02:11 UTC
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