I first started out in music photography around 3 years ago shooting local bands in pubs, it's such a big learning curve when you first set out in gig photography so many different elements to deal with, shooting moving subjects in low lighting whilst trying to tussle your way through a crowd, you're really up against it sometimes but that's what I love about gig photography it's always a challenge and when you get the shot you want it's an absolute buzz.
The first Festival I covered was Sheffield Tramlines 2012 to say I was nervous is an understatement, 2 days worth of bands over numerous venues and I finally had the opportunity to experience what it was like in the photography pit, up close to the bands and rubbing shoulders with fellow photographers. It's an experience I'll never forget.
After covering my first Tramlines I was lucky enough to have a few of my images picked up by local Magazines and Blogs there's nothing more rewarding than seeing your photos published and printed it's great confidence boost. The same year I decided to submit a few images to the NME photography awards I never thought I would stand a chance of winning anything, I was shocked and quite humbled when one of images (Eva Spence - Rolo Tomassi) was shortlisted and highly commended in the Live category this was also my first taste of seeing one my photos exhibited in the London Getty images gallery.
Since my first Tramlines Festival i've been Lucky enough to return for a 2nd year meeting an array of very talented photographers and work alongside other local publications ,the experience and advice i've received has been invaluable, this year alone i've the had the opportunity to cover Y Not festival & Leeds Festival something that I could only dream of 3 years ago.
I'm still relatively new and always learning to improve my techniques when it comes to shooting bands, My only advice would be just get out there and find something you love to shoot.
If music photography is your thing then start off small shooting local bands, meet fellow photographers and learn from what advice they give you, approach local magazines and offer to cover gigs for them once you've learned the basics of how to use a camera there is nothing better than getting out there and practising and above all have fun!
To View more of my images please visit www.tarquinclarkphotography.com
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