Successful concert photographer David Bergman has been shooting in front of screaming fans for years. His new workshop can land you right next to him in the shooting pit for one of his big-ticket clients.
Concert photography is a discipline tried by many but mastered by few. Shows scheduled can be grueling and there is often competition lining up to do it cheaper than you. The best way to get ahead is to consistently deliver amazing results, and a great way to do that is to learn the ins and outs from someone in the industry.
Bergman has come up with a great workshop idea. A handful of photographers will have the almost unheard of opportunity to shoot the "Beer Never Broke My Heart Tour" by American country music artist Luke Combs. The tour starts and ends in Alabama visiting 16 other states along the way. There are 17 total dates beginning January 31st and running through March 9th. Every arena along the way has already sold out so you are guaranteed an exhilarating once in a lifetime experience to photograph an award-winning musician right at the height of their career.
The opportunity involves spending an afternoon backstage before the show learning the many "tricks of the trade" Bergman has picked up during his 25+ years as a working professional photographer. Later that evening, you will join Bergman in shooting the show from some unique hand-picked locations around the venue and ultimately, the photo pit. Once there, you will be able to put your hands right on the stage and feel the power of 15,000 screaming fans behind you.
One thing you will also see is how hard these musicians work. Many years ago, I had the privilege of seeing the Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip show from up front in the orchestra pit. The endurance needed to perform was something I even had never thought of. The lead singer, Gord Downie, was drenched in sweat from head to toe. He put every ounce of energy into making sure the crowd loved every second. Musicians who make it to this level are true professionals and deserve to be captured in an equally professional manner.
Concert photos with the right timing and mood can really convey the feeling of being there in the moment. These don't happen by accident though. Years of experience mixed with some trial and error, result in the ability to anticipate things before they happen. Split seconds can make all the difference so you need to make sure you are in tune with your gear and always at the ready.
David Bergman has been doing concert photography for years and has over a thousand shows under his belt. He is currently the official photographer a number of popular bands including the American rock band Bon Jovi. If that isn't enough to impress you maybe his 13 Sports Illustrated covers will get your attention. Adorama did an excellent feature on Bergman which you can check out below. The video highlights a number of the incredible concert shots Bergman has nailed over the years.
Visit Bergman's Shoot From the Pit website for more information and to purchase workshop tickets. The site mentions that email list subscribers get early registration. That might be something to keep in mind for future sessions if things sell out. The website specifies that each workshop will only include five or fewer photographers making it very hands-on and intimate. It also says "top photo gear" will be provided thanks to some big names in photography so you may only need a memory card! Once again, all skill levels are welcome and encouraged to join one or multiple days for a more immersive experience.
Lead photo used with permission by David Bergman.