Behind the lens: Getting up close and personal with Pearl Jam (and their fans)
When covering a major concert - like Pearl Jam's 25th anniversary tour stop in Tampa - you must expect the unexpected. You must anticipate where you'll be shooting pictures from and what equipment you'll need to bring along.
Photographing in a large venue like Amalie Arena offers an ideal situation for a photographer. There is no shortage of visual opportunities. It also gives you all the bells and whistles you could ask for - from having impeccable concert lighting to being up close and personal with fans in the pit.
Oh, yes: "The Pit." It can be your best friend or your worst enemy, especially if it's packed with photographers. Of course, for Pearl Jam it was a madhouse, with close to 20 photographers from different media outlets jostling for position.
In a venue like that, you simply have to cope with the various elements of your shooting position and figure out how to make your best frames with limited space.
Lastly, there are generally some standard restrictions you have to deal with when photographing concerts.
- Typically you have three songs.
- No flash photography.
- Absolutely no video without authorized permission from the artists.
In spite of that, I do love covering concerts, both big and small. They almost always gives me a nice adrenaline rush.
Times Staff Photographer
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To see more of Octavio's photos, check out Jay Cridlin's review of the concert: Pearl Jam rips through 25 years of rock at Tampa's Amalie Arena