Abby Gillardi: Meet the 2014 Best Music Photographers in St. Louis

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Abby Gillardi
Water Liars

What dos/don'ts do you have for young photographers who would like to pursue this type of work?

Do practice as much as you can at smaller shows first. Always be respectful of the band, the audience and other photographers. Do invest in a professional camera and lens. Do talk to other photographers between sets, as it's a great way to get pointers. Do take the time to learn your style and what it is you like. Don't use flash unless it's requested and you have permission. When you get good, do avoid thinking that you're better than other photographers. Photography, much like music, is subjective. Aim high, but stay humble.

Abby Gillardi

Pick one of the photos you've submitted and tell us a little about it: Where was it shot, who is featured and (most importantly) how did you capture it? We'd love to hear logistical description or technical breakdowns or whatever else you want to tell us.

One of my favorites is of Jeff Tweedy from Wilco, walking onto the LouFest main stage, wearing his KSHE shirt and the name "Bob" on his guitar. Jeff was paying homage to the late Bob Reuter, who had passed just weeks before the festival. Jeff and Bob recorded a few things together back in the '90s. It was really one of those "only in St. Louis" moments. I captured this shot with my Canon 60D and my 50 mm f1.4, which is a great lens for shooting outside at night. All of the stars were aligned for this one.

See also: Todd Morgan: Meet the 2014 Best Music Photographers in St. Louis


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