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Tallest Man On Earth: First Three No Flash by rorycobbe

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Kristian Matsson live at Vicar Street and the Photographers in the Pit

Mines a Nikon D700 with a 50mm attached


  • Fred Mitchell
    Fred Mitchellabout 2 years ago

    Very good.

  • Melissa Drummond
    Melissa Drummondabout 2 years ago

    Great photo, Rory.

    What’s the go with the first three songs only? I get the no flash bit, but I’m curious as to why some bands only let you photograph the first three songs. I recently had an opportunity to be in the pit and take pics at a Bird of Tokyo gig (which was probably a photography highlight for me!), and the rules were the same. I just thought they were being precious ;)

  • Melissa Drummond
    Melissa Drummondabout 2 years ago

    *BIRDS of Tokyo, that should read….

  • It started in the 70s when music mags went colour. Colour film was slower than B&W which coukd be pushed for speed. As photographers needed more light they began using flash and artists didn’t like it do they’d give more light in the first three tracks for the photographers and then get them to sod off. But it then became an easy way to control the image of performers and also for PR people. Get them in and out. I have been lucky as I’ve been given opportunities to shoot beyond the third and from areas other than the pit on occasion.
    I think it’s a pity but then it can be annoying having arseholes taking you photo or in you way when you’ve paid good money to see an act.
    Buddy of mine is a promoter and he is constantly getting complaints from paying customers about people with cameras at gigs, specially quiet gigs

    – rorycobbe

  • Melissa Drummond
    Melissa Drummondabout 2 years ago

    Cheers for the explanation, Rory – makes sense. I can see both sides, ie photographer and punters, especially quiet gigs like you say. I was lucky to be allowed to shoot all of the support act, British India (not sure if you’ve heard of them, they’re pretty big over here), and I made sure I didn’t get in anyone’s way and make an arsehole of meself :)

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