Music Photographer Intern Contest #2

Well. This is short notice. But I believe in you. It is intern contest time again. Or your chance to be a music photographer for a day (well a night). I did it last year with about 2 weeks notice, this year I am giving you 2 days. It was successful last year, look how happy we all look together.

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These are the dates I need people for.

Jan 25th – Barclay Card Arena, Birmingham, UK
Jan 27th – Wembley, UK
Jan 28th – Leeds, UK

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You will be shooting from front of house for me – and creating images like these.

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Sigma was nice enough to sponsor me this year and because of them we have a wonderful 10 pound lens – the 120-300mm f/2.8 that you will be shooting with. In real life it is bigger than it is in this photo. I would say about 14 times larger than this. It is basically the size of your leg from your knee to your foot.

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I also do let you shoot a little bit for yourself so you have some images to take home with you. This is all pretty much copy and paste from last year, as it is essentially the same concept only with a different band.

You do not need a ticket to the show- however if you do want to watch the show and not miss any of it- this might not be for you. I will be putting you to work! You will be able to see the concert while you shoot, however don’t get too distracted… we need some good photos!

Qualifications:
• You do not need to own a camera – I will be providing this to you.
• You must know how to use a DSLR in manual mode (or be able to learn very quickly, challenge yourself, you can do it, I’ll help you)
• You must own a pair of all black clothes (or go buy a pair)
• Have a mobile phone that doesn’t suck so when you get to the venue we can communicate
• You must transport yourself to and from the venue
• You must be able to transport yourself around the venue
• You must smile a lot and a have a great attitude towards working
• No age limit (however if you are under the age of 18 I will need to speak with your parent to make sure they are O.K. with it!)

This is not a paid job. You are going to act as an extension of me, the images you capture you will not own.
Here is what I will be providing you with
• 15 minutes of one-on-one training (with me)
• Tour of the venue
• Advice on how to photograph the concert and get the shots we need
• 90 minutes of concert shooting
• A critique of your images after the show
Here is what you be providing me with
• A night’s worth of your time

Just to keep things clear… you will not be meeting the band. This is hard work, but you will learn a lot and have an amazing time.

Alright here is how you enter. Post this photo on Instagram and do the following.

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1. Hashtag – #beAphotographer
2. Tag – @bAphotographer @elmakias and @sigmaphoto
3. Gear– If you do have gear, please write what Camera/Lenses you can bring with you. However I will be providing it as well.
4. Caption – The very first thing you post should say is the date(s) you can attend! Then tell me why you think this would be a solid opportunity for you. Maybe it just seems fun, maybe it is what you are studying at Uni- or maybe you just have a camera you want put to use. Whatever the reason, it’s good enough to at least give this a try. It can’t hurt.
5. I’ll announce the winners by contacting them through DM. So make sure you check your messages. There will not be any public announcement of the winners – so no need to email me personally asking if you have won. Cool beans?

Good luck and can’t wait to meet you guys… very soon… I have to pack… I leave tomorrow.

POSTED BY Adam Elmakias

Adam Elmakias is a music photographer based out of San Diego, California. He spends most of his time doing stuff with cameras. Adam wrote this himself, not someone else. I am Adam.

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86 comments
Glenn Adams
Glenn Adams

Really gutted that I missed this! I'd love to intern with you! 2nd year photography student trying to get into gig photography.. but anyways I love your work man!

Jenny Bartel
Jenny Bartel

It is a dream for me to get the chance to photograph any band with you and your help and it would be perfect if it would be my absolute favorite band A Day To Remember but sadly I live in Germany \U0001f62d

Anni Sky
Anni Sky

Would be cool, if you do this in Germany too! ADTR is my favorite band & I really love your photos!

Miguel Kurosaki
Miguel Kurosaki

If you ever come to Chicago, make something similar please

Becca Greve
Becca Greve

I second Chicago! This sounds like an amazing opportunity, as I would love to shoot concerts!

Renate Ieu
Renate Ieu

Please try to make this work overseas too sometime. Really hoped to have a shot at the tilburg gig :(

Bethan Miller
Bethan Miller

Watching 'em now - otherwise I woulda done it! Thanks tho gal

Ariel May
Ariel May

Why must it be in the U.K.? :( This is just an amazing experience, and I know whoever gets to do it will cherish that night forever. Cassidy DiNozzo Donahue

Ariel May
Ariel May

I hope so! That would be so awesome

Monica Bo-bò Dalmasso
Monica Bo-bò Dalmasso

Come no ahah e poi sarebbe per i concerti di fine gennaio e io quello degli adtr ce l'ho a inizio febbraio qui, quindi non la vedo bene ahah

Natalie Fulcher
Natalie Fulcher

Carla Deas get yourself forward for this!! Just down the road! Photography and NFG together! You would love it!!

Caleb Thomas
Caleb Thomas

Don't do it. Just get in contact with local press, venue, or management and ask for a photo pass. If you have any experience you can usually get in there and shoot the first 3 songs. And you keep your rights. Have fun, do great work, and don't let people like Adam steal your rights as a photographer. Assistant jobs and 2nd shooter jobs are great ways to learn but you deserve to be compensated for those. Especially if you don't have copyright.

Ashley Lyons
Ashley Lyons

Will you do more things like this in the US in the upcoming year? Huge opportunity for aspiring music photographers like myself. Much love Adam!

elarachristie
elarachristie

I can't recommend this more! It's an opportunity of a lifetime and definitely worth taking some time out of your day to complete. Adam is an amazing guy and I've learnt a lot this past year due to my internship back in February, as well as it opening a lot of doors for you in the future. I can't wait to see the images the new interns produce- Good luck!

Lirio Ramirez
Lirio Ramirez

I've been wanting to enter these contests but I live in Miami \U0001f62d

husee
husee

is it necessary to live in the UK? I live in Hungary and i could easily travel there.

Karoline Schaefer
Karoline Schaefer

Julia, London ;) Wobei das mit dem Bildrechten absolut daneben ist.

Julia Strücker
Julia Strücker

haha, hab echt überlegt.. vielleicht mach ich es auch noch.. aber versteh ich das dann richtig, dass die Bilder dann IHM gehören und nicht mir!? :D geil :D

Karoline Schaefer
Karoline Schaefer

Ja und er macht dein Logo auf deine Fotos die du mit seiner Cam vom FOH gemacht hast. Aber du darfst deinen eigenen Cam-Kram mitbringen und für dich nutzen. Mir würde der erste Teil schwer aufstoßen aber davon ab... Kein 3SNF... Why Not.

Joeri Swerts
Joeri Swerts

how much I do appreciate your work, it's weird if you are going to 'use' people "This is not a paid job. You are going to act as an extension of me, the images you capture you will not own."

Karoline Schaefer
Karoline Schaefer

Seriously is that what the rules are saying? I am okayish about the paying part, but the image rights? Pretty much means he is gonna put his name on your pictures?! I dunno... I get his point but that's not how it should be...

Cami Cojocarescu
Cami Cojocarescu

He's not using people. He's giving someone the opportunity to learn and practice. And maybe an opportunity of a lifetime. And yes, he's going to put his name on your pictures. It's called second shooting. Wedding photographers do that all the time. If you read the entire thing you will see that he also said this... "I also do let you shoot a little bit for yourself so you have some images to take home with you." Thank you Adam Elmakias Photography for doing this. Maybe some day you will do it in the US. I'm not a kid but love taking concert pics and this would be an awesome opportunity.

Karoline Schaefer
Karoline Schaefer

I am not saying he's using people. If you agree to the terms you know what you get. Somebody else's name on my pics, even if it's his gear and he got me into the show, is a no go though. And to me that's a thing of respect and about knowing where you ones started/came from. It might be common at some places and I get his point of 'this person is replacing remote shooting' but still it's not okay naming your pics his. And yeah, the 'also let you shoot' for yourself thingy is questionable since it didn't say if you can use his lenses and stuff... If you can - hell yeha that's cool because those are a few k. It's a chance to take for those who don't know how this business work and who would never get to shoot ADTR without him. That's for sure. And it's going to be fun, I don't doubt that. But there's issues a photographer who takes him/herself serious shouldn't agree on... Giving away your rights for the pics, your creativity, your amazing pics... No. I am out. Sorry I am not a native English speaker. I get his point and it is going to work out just fine for the 'winner'. I myself respect Adam and love his work and get his point but yeah, as said, it wouldn't work for me.

Caleb Thomas
Caleb Thomas

Cami Cojocarescu he is literally using people. And with a major lens maker sponsoring him while he also gets paid by his client (assuming it's the band). If the work is hard, and boring, you should be paid. This is not a creative position to shoot photos in. You will literally learn nothing about shooting pictures. And the critique of photos from the soundboard is worthless because you can't really do much from there. Adam knows great photos are about access. Study Jim Marshall if you want to be a great music photographer. Don't waste your time with people who are trying to pillage your dreams for their own profit and publicity.

Sofía Moreira
Sofía Moreira

Ohhh, I wish I live in the UK and not in Uruguay\U0001f62d

Tamrawrr May Lewis
Tamrawrr May Lewis

\U0001f60d\U0001f60d now this is an amazing opportunity!! \U0001f60d\U0001f60d

Tamrawrr May Lewis
Tamrawrr May Lewis

It is a hard industry to get into so for someone who is starting out this is perfect \U0001f44c

Caleb Thomas
Caleb Thomas

Tamrawrr May Lewis it's not that hard actually! Just practice, practice, practice. When you get comfortable go out and shoot smaller local bands, get in contact with local press and see if you can shoot bigger shows for them, not a hard thing to achieve. Meanwhile you are keeping your rights all along. Don't let people take advantage of you on your way up. Enjoy your hobby, if someone needs you to shoot for them you deserve to be paid and at the very least keep your rights.

Lucy Kingsford
Lucy Kingsford

This is literally the most amazing opportunity ever! I've already got a bit of experience shooting concerts though so I doubt I'll be chosen \U0001f629

Løuann Røux
Løuann Røux

I was always been fascinated by the photography, and without lying, it's you Adam who tempted me to become a music photographer. Your photos make dream and it is magnificent. I would have so much wanted to participate in that with you but, I live in France and I am only 16 years old unfortunately. Next time I hope.

Kent Bunn
Kent Bunn

Start going to small local venues where they will let you bring a camera and shoot. And then just take pictures and figure out how the light works.

Martina Seemann
Martina Seemann

Oh man I really wanna do this so badly. I wanna be a photographer especially for concerts. This is one of my biggest dreams but it's too far away. I don't have any clue at all how to get there from Germany. But I'm happy for everyone who gets the opportunity to do this

Emily Goodwin
Emily Goodwin

If I was chosen for this I would cry. And then I would meet Adam and I would cry again. And then I would see ADTR and I would cry even more ❤

Zeke Christian Perry
Zeke Christian Perry

I think this is a fantastic opportunity! I love taking pictures and have always wanted to see what it's like and exactly how to get such stunning shots of a show. Best of luck to those who are entering, go get 'em!

Dayna Carter
Dayna Carter

TFW you wanna enter this but live in Aus :( Sofia Crittle

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