Ep 325: How to photograph live events and concerts with Brian Friedman

Meet photographer Brian Friedman who started out as a road manager for the legendary jazz drummer Roy Haynes. But it was during Haynes’ 20-city tour, that Brian began photographing Roy and discovered his passion for image-making that put him on a road to a new career.  Since then, he has become recognised the photographer of choice by noted entertainment personalities, corporate leaders, event planners and individuals. His clients include iHeartRadio, Clearchannel Communications, NBC, CBS, 20th Century Fox, and comedians, Brian Regan and Bill Burr, to name a few.  Brian’s images have appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, People, Playboy, The Economist, and Pollstar to name a few.  In 2007-2008 Brian had the distinct honour of photographing Barack and Michelle Obama for the Obama for America campaign. Brian walks us through a typical shoot and shares his thought process. He discusses the importance of bringing the right energy to a shoot; developing a style; the importance of playing the long game; the best shooting angles for concerts and events; gear choices; back up protocol. Brian also walks us through a large group shot shoot with 500+ people and heaps more.

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Photographer Brian Friedman started out as a road manager for the legendary jazz drummer Roy Haynes. But it was during Haynes’ 20-city tour, that Brian began photographing Roy and discovered his passion for image-making that put him on a road to a new career.  Since then, he has sharpened his skills and his eye to become recognized as a photographer of choice by noted entertainment personalities, corporate leaders, event planners and discerning individuals.  His clients include iHeartRadio, Clearchannel Communications, NBC, CBS, 20th Century Fox, and comedians, Brian Regan and Bill Burr, to name a few.  Brian’s images have appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, People, Playboy, The Economist, and Pollstar to name a few.  In 2007-2008 Brian had the distinct honour of photographing Barack and Michelle Obama for the Obama for America campaign.  Recently Brian was given a 5-page live concert photography spread in M Music & Musician’s magazine – a first for that publication.  To all of these assignments, Brian brings the same level of imagination and creativity that has distinguished his vision and his work for more than a decade.

  • Brian walks us through a typical shoot and shares his thought process
  • The importance of bringing the right energy to a shoot
  • Developing a style
  • The importance of playing the long game
  • The best shooting angles for concerts and events
  • Gear choices
    Back up protocol
  • Brian also walks us through a large group shot shoot with 500+ people
  • Heaps more

Website: www.b-freed.com

Instagram: @bfreedphoto

Twitter: @bfreedphoto

FB: @bfreedphotography (www.facebook.com/bfreedphotography)

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