Jon Gitchoff: Meet the 2014 Best Music Photographers in St. Louis

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Jon Gitchoff
Kiss

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

Do not get in the way of the audience having a good time. Our job is to document, not distract. Think twice about attempting that Hail Mary shot. Be respectful of the shared space in the photo pit: We all have a job to do. Start in the local rock/nightclubs where you have a bit more freedom and can build up your portfolio.

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Jon Gitchoff
Nine Inch Nails

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.

The photo is of Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, performing at Chaifetz Arena on October 1, 2013. This show had some of the hardest lighting conditions I've ever encountered, but after a few seconds into the song I picked up on a pattern where there were flashes of white-hot light very briefly hitting Reznor. The lighting pattern synched up with an incredible wail from Reznor, and I was able to crank up the shutter speed to get the photo.

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