As a photographer I must say shooting live events has got to be one of the most difficult and fun things to do. From capturing the mood of the crowd, to the intensity on the artists face, you never really know what you are going to come out with. Understanding clients needs and being able to capture it, I think is what makes it so rewarding. Nothing like being on stage while thousands of fans make as much noise as possible while the bass runs through your body.
Over the years I have been fortunate enough to photograph a variety of concerts and festivals around the country. Some of my favorite gigs were Colour Fest, Snoop Lion, RKelly, Nitro Circus and of course Top Gear!
Knowing what your clients needs are is key to capturing any Festival/Concert, also knowing what these images will be used for makes a huge difference when shooting. Having the right gear will make or break a photographer and knowing how to use the gear will benefit you ten fold. Remember most of the time you are shooting in harsh conditions, you will have to up the ISO and open up your aperture.
Something I always try and tell photographers is photographing live events is not about how good your images are, its about how consistent they are, being able to capture good images over and over again is what counts.
A photographer is only as good as his next shot!