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How to Find a Band Photographer

Photo by Sean McGrath (under Creative Commons)

Image is, without a doubt, a key ingredient in building a successful band. Part of that process is getting some seriously kick-ass photos taken and using them to market your music as much as possible. A good photo can generate web traffic, get the attention of an A&R rep, and most importantly, get someone to listen to your music! Here are some methods for how to find a great band photographer.

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Jan 22, 2015 11:00 AM

Jhoni Jackson

5 Incredible Austin Photographers to Find at SXSW 2015

Hank Wood and the Hammerheads at a house show in Atlanta. (Photo by Renate Winter)

The number of photos that surface from SXSW each year is practically unquantifiable. As the festival grows each year, hired photographers from all your favorite publications, magazines, and blogs will be on deck, and amateur shooters will capture even more. Amid all that commotion, however, is always a bevy of Austin-based photographers, and they're the ones who truly know the landscape of the city and how to efficiently shoot at each venue.

3 Things All Musicians Need to Understand About Concert Photography

Airbourne. (Photo by Pierre Bourgault)

This article originally appeared on Performer Magazine.


If you ever look directly down while you're performing, you'll often see camera lenses looking right back at you. The folks behind them dart in and out of the crowd, aiming those lenses high and low in search of the perfect shot. Though you're probably more focused on the show itself, have you ever wondered what those photographers are thinking?