Photographers who’ve dreamed of shooting a live concert from the photo pit can now have this experience, while learning from one of the best concert shooters in the business, when Grammy nominated country artist Luke Combs comes to town on his sold-out “Beer Never Broke My Heart Tour.”
Renowned tour photographer David Bergman, best known for his world travels as Bon Jovi’s official tour photographer for nearly a decade, is offering this unique experience to just five people in every city on the Luke Combs tour who sign up for his new SHOOT FROM THE PIT live concert workshop. Bergman’s work has been published on album covers, billboards, and in nearly every major magazine. In addition to Bon Jovi, Bergman has made portraits of artists including 50 Cent, Jared Leto, and Pete Wentz, and has shot tour photos for Sarah McLachlan, Barenaked Ladies, Avril Lavigne, and Gloria Estefan.
The first five people who register for SHOOT FROM THE PIT will have the rare opportunity to spend a full day living the life of a working tour photographer, while learning the "tricks of the trade" that Bergman has picked up during his 25+ years as a working professional photographer. They will shoot the show that evening from unique locations around the venue, including inside the photo pit, where their hands will touch the stage, and they can feel the power of 15,000 screaming fans behind them.
"There's no feeling in the world like photographing a live performance from the foot of the stage, in front of the first row,” says Bergman. “I get emails from photographers of all skill levels who want to be in the photo pit at a big arena concert. That opportunity has rarely existed for anyone except the official tour photographer, until now. I'll teach you proper photo techniques and etiquette for working a show, and you'll have the whole night to make awesome pictures that you can be proud of."
The day starts at 2pm, where they meet up with Bergman backstage at the arena. While the crew is setting up for that night's show, Bergman will teach the photographers everything they need to know about concert photography, including proper photo gear, nailing exposures in changing lighting conditions, the photo business, setting up remote cameras, how to work with the crew and celebrities, and so much more.
They will also get a peek at the tour buses and scout the venue to make a plan for that evening’s shoot. Right before the show, they’ll eat dinner with the crew at backstage catering, and when the music starts, head out to the pit to start shooting, side by side with Bergman, constantly on the prowl for unique angles that no one else can get. And of course, they’ll go home with lots of powerful images and an experience they'll never forget.
To register and learn more, go to shootfromthepit.com.
There are only five spots per concert. Workshop cost $599.
Join tour photographer David Bergman on Grammy nominated country artist Luke Combs’ arena tour in the United States. SHOOT FROM THE PIT workshops will be held in the following cities:
Thurs Jan 31 - Legacy Arena at the BJCC, Birmingham, AL
Fri, Feb. 1 - Big Sandy Superstore Arena, Huntington, WV
Sat Feb 2 - Greensboro Coliseum Complex, Greensboro, NC
Thurs Feb 7 - INTRUST Bank Arena, Wichita, KS
Fri Feb 8 - Verizon Arena, North Little Rock, AR
Sat Feb 9 - Raising Cane's River Center Arena, Baton Rouge, LA
Thurs Feb 14 - Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Greenville, SC
Fri Feb 15 - Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville, TN
Sat Feb 16 - The Ford Center, Evansville, IN
Thurs Feb 21 - Giant Center, Hershey, PA
Fri Feb 22 - The Schottenstein Center, Columbus, OH
Sat Feb 23 - John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, VA
Thurs Feb 28 - Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, NY
Fri Mar 1 - Cross Insurance Center, Bangor, ME
Sat Mar 2 - DCU Center, Worcester, MA
Fri Mar 8 - BancorpSouth Arena, Tupelo, MS
Sat Mar 9 - The Wharf Amphitheater, Orange Beach, AL