Kenny Williamson: Meet the 2014 Best Music Photographers in St. Louis

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Kenny Williamson
Taylor Swift

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

Do keep the copyright to all of your images. Do get to know the other photographers at the venue. Do not piss off the security guards. Do not piss off the people in the front row. Do not bring a 40-pound backpack into a three-foot-wide photo pit. And do not do this thinking you'll make a lot of money and quit your day job. Do this because you undeniably love it.

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Kenny Williamson
Elton John

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.

I've always been a fan of Elton John but have never seen him in concert, until November 2013. The photographers were told in advance we would shoot only the first two songs, from the soundboard. Just before the show, we received good news that song one would be from the pit. We were escorted to the stage and positioned directly in front of Elton John's grand piano. The first song of the show was "Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding," which lasted beyond ten minutes -- which is an eternity in music-photography years. I was able to use multiple lenses and get a set of images I was pleased with, including the one I featured here. This took several attempts with a fish eye lens, holding the camera level so as not to distort the subject too much, and trying to get the reflection of Elton on the floor.

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