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ISBN-13: 978-0240820644 ISBN-10: 0240820649 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (February 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240820649
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240820644
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #906,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

J. Dennis Thomas is a professional photographer and author based in the "Live Music Capital of the World”, Austin, TX. He has written more than a dozen highly successful books for the Wiley Publishing "Digital Field Guide” series as well as articles in many different areas of photographic technique. Dennis writes the popular J. Dennis Thomas Digital Field Guide Companion blog (http://deadsailorproductions.com) as well as the equally popular Austin Live! (http://austin-live-music.com), and Capturing Better Photos and Video with your iPhone (http://betteriphonephotos.blogspot.com/). J. Dennis Thomas has been photographing bands and concerts since the early 90's. He is represented by Corbis Images and his live music work has been featured in print in such magazines as Rolling Stone, SPIN, Country Music Weekly, among others. He has also contributed photography to many books such as Thomas H. Greer's Rock Shrines and Photos That Inspire: Photo Workshop by Lynne Eodice. Dennis' entertainment and celebrity photos have also been featured all over the web, including rollingstone.com, MSN Wonderwall, Spinner.com, and AOL.

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Finally, a book that deals with concert photography from a digital perspective!
Sara
I look forward to growing in my pursuit of becoming a real concert photographer and will be able to come back to the book for future reference.
Augie Doggie
This book is just all-around cool even if you aren't a photographer and just want to see some nice pics.
Ed

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Guillermo R.D. on October 16, 2012
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This book was recommended by a Brazilian photography magazine, and it worths every penny.
It has a very nice print quality and its content is very well addressed.
Easy read, but a lot of tips and pratical examples.

I recommend for beginners and enthusiasts.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sara on February 9, 2012
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Finally, a book that deals with concert photography from a digital perspective! The few books that were available were hopelessly outdated. This book tells you how to shoot concerts in this day and age and deals with the pitfalls and practicality of digital cameras. Older books talked too much about film, which reacts WAY differently than digital camera sensors.

This book covers all of the different venues that you will come across on your journey to being a pro concert photographer, from bars to stadiums. It's easy to read and it's also full of photos for reference. Not only will you learn from this book, but it also makes a great coffee table book because of the pics of cool bands!

Concert and Live Music Photography covers all of the topics you've been wondering about, from what cameras and lenses to use, to dealing with the crazy lighting situations! It also tells you how to get in touch with the PR people and what to say to them. This is great advice because it lets you know how to talk to management like a pro, which improves your chances of getting a pass exponentially.

Bottom line is that this is the best book on music photography that you will find. It's got all the info you need and the guy that wrote the book is easy to understand and he's got the street cred too! Check out the stuff he's shot for Rolling Stone and SPIN!

If you want to get into music photography, but don't know where to start, BUY THIS BOOK. If you've been doing music photography for a while, but need a fresh perspective and some new pointers, BUY THIS BOOK! If you're just a fan of good pictures of musicians, BUY THIS BOOK!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Misty Lake on August 8, 2014
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I got this after seeing a photographer friend post about this on Instagram. Haven't been able to finish this yet as I've been super busy but I am really love what I've read so far and cannot wait to finish it. I highly recommend this book for any photographer, beginner to pro or if you are looking to get started.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Earl Mcgehee on January 8, 2014
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Covers all the basics - technical, logistical, big arenas, festivals, small clubs, post processing and marketing. Includes lots of good picture examples. This book is full of practical advice from a working pro. The Kindle version is as good as the printed version - you don't loose any pictures or drawings.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. L. Guy on June 24, 2012
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Fantastic tips and amazing photography! I have several of Mr. Thomas' photography books and this one is yet another go-to when I am about to go shoot at a concert. His tips are easy to follow and his images are a sure sign that he knows what he is doing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W C Waller on July 29, 2013
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Very well written and informative. I'm still reading it but I've already gained some great information and put it to work! Taken some amazing photographs thanks to the instructions and insights given! Very glad I purchased this book!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ash on February 24, 2012
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As an aspiring concert photographer, I am finding this book to be absolutely stuffed full of valuable information. It provides an answer to just about every question I could have. Do you need to know what camera settings work best for the bar/club/festival/ampitheatre you are shooting in? Are you wondering which lenses should be included as the "must haves" in your camera bag? Need some tips on getting the best possible shots of the lead singer/drummer/bassist/ukulele player? Having trouble figuring out who to get in touch with about acquiring a photo pass? All of these questions are addressed, as are composition and lighting tricks, editing tips, photo pit etiquette, and basically any other scenario or issue that could possibly arise for a concert photographer. I especially enjoyed the wide array of photographs that are included throughout the book - every technique mentioned is accompanied by a relevant photograph, with all of the equipment and settings used to capture each shot helpfully included. I eagerly poured through this book as soon as it arrived, absorbing as much information as possible upon my first read-through, and I no doubt will be returning to it frequently as a very useful reference to guide me along my way. I'd highly recommend this to anyone interested in concert photography - or even just music fans who simply appreciate well-composed pictures.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 15, 2014
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Amazing book, filled with technical details and experiences from the photographer. Surely a great read, it will make you want to read it cover to cover.
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J. Dennis Thomas is a freelance photographer and author based out of Austin, Texas. He has more than 25 years of experience behind the lenses of Nikon and Leica cameras. His work has been published in many regional and national publications including Rolling Stone, SPIN, Elle, Ebony, People, Time, National Geographic, W magazine, Us Weekly, The New York Post, Premier Guitar, Music Radar,Country Weekly, and Thrasher magazines. His still photography has been featured in television documentaries such as Unsung: The Geto Boys and in the opening credits of the HBO series LUCK. He has written over a dozen highly successful Digital Field Guides for Wiley publishing as well as a book on product photography. He has also written a comprehensive book about concert and live music photography and decay photography for Focal Press.

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