Ben Fournier: Meet the 2014 Best Music Photographers in St. Louis

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Ben Fournier
August Burns Red

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

My first and most important piece of advice is to learn pit etiquette. If you are disrespectful in a photo pit, it could hurt your reputation, which will hurt your chances of shooting future shows. That also extends into showing respect to the venues that are giving you a chance. If you start out with a great deal of respect, you will go further in your career. Nobody likes it when another photographer jumps in front of you and steals your shot. 

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Ben Fournier
Stone Temple Pilots

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 favorite things about going through my photos after a show is when I come across a shot that I am particularly proud of. This shot of Chester Bennington singing for Stone Temple Pilots is one of my favorite shots from this year. I like the composition of the photo and the lighting. I like when photos are backlit but don't overly shadow the subject. One small detail I really love about this photo is the light reflecting off of Chester's hand back onto his face. I grew up listening to STP and never in a million years thought I would get a chance to shoot them. To be able to get that chance and walk away with a photo that lands in my favorite category is pretty satisfying.

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