Jason Stoff: Meet the 2014 Best Music Photographers in St. Louis

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Jason Stoff
Passion Pit

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

Do it because there's something inside you that compels you. Don't do it because you think you'll get to hobnob with celebrities among piles of cash. Photography as a full-time profession is hard today. Many of the people on this list -- myself included -- do this work as a secondary source of income, if we profit at all.

Don't forget that you're a distraction for most everyone else in a given venue -- the crowd is there to see the artist, the artist is there to play to the crowd. Respect the band, understand that they aren't performing for you. Respect the audience, they likely paid more than you did to be there.

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Jason Stoff
Yeasayer

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.

Let's talk about the Yeasayer photo -- this is a shot from the Firebird, which is not usually the most photogenic venue thanks to its dim (but appropriate) lighting. Yeasayer brought their own lighting equipment onto the small stage, and with a little fog mixed in, the lighting elements were in place for some cool shots.

This one in particular is a very wide-angle shot, probably about 16mm. To get those kinds of ultra-wide shots at small venues, the photographer has to be in the front row, no question. This shot is the best of four or five shutter releases that I took of this moment, where the most elements line up in the most interesting ways. Always shoot a lot, only show the best.

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Nathan Henry
Nathan Henry

I vote for Maren Strom for this category.

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