Hey guys! I've been asked to shoot a concert band's ticket-based concert this Saturday. The venue is the Victoria Concert Hall. I have shot legally at VCH once last year in January, and that's when my skill and gear weren't good.
This year I'll go prepared with lots of good gear. However, there are a few questions I'd like to ask anyone who has experience with VCH management and or other concert venues like Esplanade, Singapore Conference Hall, YST conservatory.
Point number 1--
Firstly.. VCH management is really not accommodating to musicians and photographers alike. They have told my in-charge that no 'roaming photography' is allowed, and that the photographers should be at the top of the hall shooting. Now tell me which respectful creative and artistic concert photographer actually wants that?
Further more; please note that the photographer is to be located at a designated photography/video nest in the Circles. No roaming photograph taking is allowed.
- VCH management
The band has already bought the photography license for the concert. I'm not too sure if VCH limits the number of photographers if they behave (lol?), so I'll ask a photographer friend or two along (with official name tags).
My plan is to make the most of what I can shoot while camping from my position at the top (red spots on 2nd level in plan above). That is before the intermission. Right after that, while my photographer friends continue camping at the top, I will try my luck to move down to the first level (front audience seats are usually not sold, so shooting at the front shouldn't bother anyone). That, and side-stage if the door is open-- that will allow me lots of great shots of the conductors.
Point number 2--
Do you think that setting up a remote camera (400D + tokina 11-16 ultra-wide) placed relatively sound-proofed (shoebox + lots of thick cloth + opening for lens) right behind the band would be okay? It'll be visible to me (and my photographer friend, if he's going) all the time, and won't be accessible to any players on stage.
It'll get never-before-seen photographs of the band playing in VCH. Of course, photographs like that might be "never-before-seen" because it never was allowed. What's your view on this?