Here are my top IG photos for my personal account and my photo account!
And my photography account:
I decided to have a little fun and make an A-Z list of camera terms. I came up with most on the spot, but a couple (looking at you X and V) I had to google and see what even fit!
Woo! All finished! That was harder than I anticipated. Do you have any that you’d do differently? I’d love to hear from you!
Here are my nine most liked photos on Instagram this year – all concert photos!
My top nine featured letlive, Zella Day, Starset, Rob Zombie, OTHERWISE, Taking Back Sunday, and Maria Brinks Wonderland of In This Moment!
Thanks for following and supporting my work! Can’t wait for 2016!
And here’s my personal IG:
I have an DSLR and a mirrorless camera AND a point and shoot. There are some really nice point and shoot cameras out there that if I had endless amounts of money, I would totally get. Currently, I use the Sony WX300 point and shoot camera. This is what I usually have in my purse and pull out with friends for snapshots or selfies. You know, the usual. I will be straight up, though, you get exactly what you pay for with a point and shoot. I know this for a fact from my two and a half years at Peoria Camera Shop. If you get the cheapest camera out there, don’t be surprised by the poor quality of the photos and the camera itself. Expect that $100 camera to last about a year or two. That’s it. Just wanted to throw that out there and make it clear. If you invest in a better camera, you’ll get more out of it and it’ll last longer.
Anyways, here are some of the point and shoot cameras that I drool over for various reasons. I will say, too, that almost all of these models are made with professionals in mind that want the quality, but don’t want the size.
Nikon Coolpix AW130. I like this camera simply because of it’s durability. Waterproof, shockproof, and freezeproof. I’m mainly interested in the waterproof aspect, but an almost indestructible camera sounds pretty great, too! The zoom is pretty much non-existent, but that’s to be expected with a waterproof camera. It runs about $300 before any rebates.
Fujifilm XQ2. I won’t lie, the biggest draw for me here is the aesthetic of the camera. It’s beautiful. And so inconspicuous. This would be perfect for sight seeing and people watching without drawing any attention to you. They’ll think you’re just a hipster with a film camera haha. It’s got a 25-100mm zoom lens with a f/1.8-4.9 aperture. Not bad at all. And only $400 before rebates.
Canon Powershot S120. This little guy has a f/1.8 5x zoom on it and I just love it. It’s small and compact, easy to use and performs well in low light. It’s $450 before any rebates.
Sony Cybershot RX 100 IV. Oh baby. All the Sony’s R line is amazing, I must say. What draws me the most is the 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8 Ziess lens. Oh man. The bokeh (blurred out background) and low light potential is insane! This has an eyepiece, too, which would definitely come in handy. And it’s tiny! It’ll fit in your pocket! $950 before any rebates.
Sony Cybershot RX 10 II. This is my absolute favorite. If I had an extra $1,399 to spend, I’d get this. It’s a 24-200mm f/2.8 Zeiss lens! 2.8 all the way through! It is bigger, like the super zoom point and shoots or the small DSLRs. So, it’s not going in your purse or pocket. The potential, though! I’d love this for shows that I’m not approved for, because this lens does not detach and could be taken into any venue. Ah, the possibilities!
There you have it! These are all my “if only” cameras that are produce amazing photos, mainly due to their quality lenses. Are there any others I should know about? Let me know!
This past weekend I saw and photographed Zella Day and really enjoyed the show! She had a very bohemian-vibe that sort of reminded me of Lana Del Rey. Very easy listening. My favorite song, by far, was Compass. I also like the radio single that’s out now – Hypnotic. Check out some photos below and view the whole gallery on my website here!
It can seem tricky navigating how to make sure you’re in the “go” to use a photo of yourself / your band that you like. It’s really not too bad. It comes down to just asking the photographer beforehand. Most are cool with just tagging their account or website in the caption. Others are not. But building up that relationship with each other is awesome, so please reach out to a photographer and just say “hey, I love your photo! Is it cool if I post it on our social media?” or whatever your intention is. That’s it! Still have some questions? I tried my best to answer below.
But, it’s a picture of me, why can’t I just post it?
That’s simply not how copyright works. Unless the photographer signed a release stating the band could use the photos, then the photographer retains copyright. When you’re performing a show and given the photographer permission to photograph the show, there is no expectation to privacy while you’re up on stage performing. This is the photographers artistic take or interpretation of you, if that makes sense. Same thing happens when you go to a portrait photographer for family photos, except you usually pay them for the photos and then buy products. With concert photography, usually the band approves the photographer so they get publicity from the publication or website the photos are published on and the photographer may or may not get paid by the publication for taking the photos. This scenario doesn’t mean you have any rights to the photos, though, unless you present the photographer with a contract prior to the show.
What is copyright?
Copyright, according to Merriam-Webster, is the exclusive legal right to reproduce, publish, sell, or distribute the matter and form of something (as a literary, musical, or artistic work). Basically, it give the creator (photographers) of works of art (photographs) the sole right to reproduce, publish, and distribute them. It protects artists and was put in place to encourage artists to make and share their work. As a band, your music is protected by copyright law. It’s the exact same thing. Copyright happens the moment the work of art is created. Artists can take it a step further and register their works so they can seek damages when their work is infringed.
Currently, works of art are protected for the life of the author plus 70 years. For corporate entities, the copyright is for 120 years after creation or 95 years after publication, whichever comes first. Yes, basically 2 lifetimes for the actual person and 1.5 lifetimes for a corporate entity.
If you’d like to read more, I made a blog post a while ago on the Peoria Camera Shop blog, which you can read here.
But it was posted to social media, that means it’s fair game, right?
Nope. Whoever posted it to social media should and legally must have permission from the artist to do so. Social media is just another platform of publishing and this is a huge misconception that can and will land you in hot water and legal fees.
Wouldn’t my band reposting the photo qualify as fair use?
Nope, unless you’reusing the photo for educational purposes. Your website and all social media pages are there to promote the band and make the band money. This is using the photo for monetary gain, which means your need explicit permission from the artist. And let’s say it is fair use, you should still ask and always attribute the photographer. That’s standard practice.
What if I “share” the photo on Facebook or Retweet the photographer’s tweet on Twitter or reblog the photo on Tumblr?
Yes! This is fantastic and the proper way to share the photos with your fans on these platforms. This is completely a-okay. Instagram doesn’t have a sharing feature like this, so please ask before reposting OR use that repost-app that includes the original posters instagram account on the photo and in the caption.
I left the watermark on the photo, so that’s credit enough.
You should still ask. Some photographers will be fine with their watermark being clearly visible. Some will also want tagged or linked back in the caption. You still should ask before posting or you are technically infringing on their copyright. For the love of everything, though, DON’T crop or edit a watermark out. That’s a big no-no and shows you knew you were infringing and tried to hide it. Just don’t do it, not worth it!
I asked the photographer about posting the photo and they want paid!
This is completely within their right. Photo credit doesn’t pay the bills. If you don’t want to post the picture bad enough to pay for it, just say thanks, but no thanks. Just like a photographer can’t take one of your songs and put it on their website without paying, you can’t just use their photo. Many photographers, though, will allow their work to be reposted if they are properly tagged and linked back.
I found a really good photo that looks professional, but I can’t find who took it.
I wouldn’t recommend posting it unless you can track down the photographer first. Photographers can seek damages (sue you) for infringement and not knowing the author of the copyrighted work will not stand up in court. You will end up paying if it goes that route. So, your call on this one!
If you can think of something I missed, please comment! I’d love to hear from other photographers and bands on the matter. I’ve had the pleasure of photographing many great bands and being properly asked and credited for my photos, but I have had my copyright infringed before and it’s really discouraging. It’s disrespectful and hard not to take personally when fellow artists takes advantage of your work. Just don’t do it! We’re all on the same side here and it’s more of a “you scratch my back, and I’ll scratch yours” type of situation.
This past Saturday, Limelight Eventplex of Peoria, Illinois had Taking Back Sunday, letlive., and The Menzingers grace its stage. What a great show! I was super excited to photograph this one. There was no photopit, which was a first for me at my venue with this size of a crowd. I made some friends with the people up front and they were awesome about letting me get in and get my shots. And I made sure they got their front row spots back when I left. I had a great time photographing the bands. I wasn’t familiar with letlive.’s stuff beforehand, but I’m a fan now! They stole the show for me. So much fun to watch and photograph, as well as a great sound. Taking Back Sunday was quite the blast from the past for me. It was fun to hear some songs that I literally hadn’t listened to in years.