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Getting Started in Music Photography with Red Bull Photographer Todd Owyoung

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Class Intro to Getting Started in Music Photography

Todd Owyoung

Getting Started in Music Photography with Red Bull Photographer Todd Owyoung

Todd Owyoung

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Lesson Info

1. Class Intro to Getting Started in Music Photography

Lesson Info

Class Intro to Getting Started in Music Photography

My name is Todd Owyoung and I'm a music photographer and a Nikon Ambassador. I'm so thrilled to be here with CreativeLive and Red Bull Photography to bring you this course on music photography. We're going to cover everything, from how to get started shooting local bands, getting your first photo pass, the access, hooking up with publications, and getting paid. We're gonna cover all the technical details from dealing with red lighting, your camera settings, the lenses you'll wanna use, all the gear for how to make really compelling music photography. When I photographed my first show, I was simply a fan with a camera and I remember the excitement of working with the band, working with the stage lighting, having limited access and limited time in which to capture images of live music. I remember starting out in venues just like this and working my way up to sold-out stadiums. You're going to see me shooting on location, dealing with all the common challenges that a music photographer wi...

ll face in the field. In addition, we're gonna be working with musicians and creating artist portraits, so if you're shooting for an editorial publication, creating these portraits that could be used in print, online, and even as album artwork. By the end of this class you're gonna have all the tools you need to take your camera to a show and start on your journey of music photography.

Class Description


  • Learn how to price and license yourself as a music photographer
  • Work in even the darkest of venues
  • Capture variety with a band during a short set with limited space
  • Utilize speedlights within a performance
  • Work with performers to pose portraits that capture their music
  • Post-processing techniques to take your image to the next level


With the lights, energy and creativity behind each concert- it’s no wonder that music photography continues to be a dream career. In this course, created in partnership with Red Bull Photography, Todd Owyoung walks through how to get into the music photography business by working with bands, venues and albums. He talks through licensing and pricing your time and your images to publisist, venues, magazines and more. This course goes in the field with Todd and three different bands to walk through how to capture a variety of images in a small amount of time. He teaches how to set up and direct portraits with the band in green rooms and between sound checks. Todd explains how to make even the smallest and grungiest venue make a band look mainstream. This course will teach you composition, working with flash and natural light, directing the band and performers and things to never forget when photographing a live event.


  • Music Photographers
  • Event Photographers
  • Beginners


Todd Owyoung is a music photographer with over a decade of experience specializing in music lifestyle, musician/celebrity portraits, and concert photography. If it rocks, he shoots it. Based in New York City.

He’s obsessed with nailing those rockstar moments, the images that fans love to see of their favorite bands. Whether the venue is a 200-capacity club or Madison Square Garden, shooting for a major brand or on tour, his images place you in the front row.

His clients range from bands and festivals to magazines, lifestyle brands and ad agencies. In 2012, Complex Magazine named him #3 in their list of the "Greatest Music Photographers Right Now".

He’s a Nikon Ambassador for Nikon Camera


Alexandra U

I highly reccomend this class for any one who would like to get started or dip their toes in the concert photography scene. This class has many useful tips and trick for any level of photographer, not just beginners. I have been in the music scene for over 10 years and I was able to gather so much information in every chapter. Watching this video boosted up my confidence as a photographer because it validated that I am already succeeding in my concert career. Thank you for this amazing stream. It sparked my creative soul once again.

Kris Comer

Wow, this was awesome! I have been a concert photographer for almost 3 years now and I still learned some great tips! I loved that he covered different ideas for promo shots which is one of my weaknesses. Any beginner should definitely check out this course! It is straight and to the point with all of the most important steps.

Mark Balmer

This is a really great course! I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in this type of photography. It is presented in an easy to understand way. Todd gives clear and informative tips and shows how to set up lights, poses etc! I found it very helpful, and will definitely put what i've learned to work. Thanks, Mark