Portfolio Thursday: Get your Concert Portfolio Reviewed!

Portfolio Thursday

I’m super excited today to reveal a new feature on my blog page called: Portfolio Thursday. Are you struggling getting your concert photos together to show your best work on your homepage? You’re not sure how to build a great Portfolio that will attract busy music managers and bands? Then you´re in the right place! Read on to learn more about how to participate.

 

Portfolio Thursday

Portfolio Thursday will be all about helping you build an awesome concert photography portfolio for yourself. A portfolio is an overview of your best work which of course has to be kickass! Your photos have to shine and keep people glued to the screen. People see hundreds of photos every day on the internet. Ask yourself this – do you want to see 10 awesome and spectacular concert pictures or 100 average shots of just one concert? I promise you’ll get bored after seeing the lead singer in the same pose for the fifth time in a row. Your best photos should reflect the atmosphere of the concert and should give the observer the feeling that he or she was there, standing in the photo pit next to you.

As having an awesome portfolio is the key to getting great jobs, I’d like to offer you the chance to get me to review your homepage with your concert photos! I’ll make a 5-10 minute video and post the review on my blog here. I´ll do this every Thursday of the month (4 reviews/month) and hope to provide insights into what I think makes a great portfolio. Furthermore, we´ll learn more about each other and it´ll help our concert photography community grow together.

There are services out there which will review your portfolio for $100+ but I would like to offer this service 100% free! I want to help you get your great concert photos out there shining as soon as possible!

You can find my Portfolio here

 

How does it work?

Here’s how you can participate with your concert photos in my Portfolio Thursday project

  • post a self portrait of you showing why you love concert photography (together with your homepage link) in the comment section below. Be creative. It can be showing you in your typical concert photographers outfit (like my picture in the comments 😉 ) or something completely different. This contest is about pushing you to think outside the box and gives you also the opportunity to experiment with available light or external flashlights. The best way to get a self portrait is to use either a self remote controller or if you don´t have one use the self timer setting on your camera. (If you just have a photo of you done by someone else it´s fine too but you´ll increase the chance of winning if you did the photo by yourself) The more photos you submit the more Portfolio reviews I can do. The best ones will be chosen by me and win a portfolio review.

Update: The contest finished.

So let´s grab your camera and rock!

Find here the first episode where I explain my own portfolio.

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  • Don’t often get a chance for self portraiture in the pit personal, best of luck to everyone who enters.

    • It doesn’t have to be in the pit. Just get a little creative. I am sure everbody will come up with a cool idea

  • Mark Turner Images

    Sporting my mate Matt’s photo t-shirt before shooting a burlesque show? That’s fine by me. 😉
    http://www.markturnerimages.com
    Cheers Matthias
    EDIT: Photo embed didn’t seem to take. Link here. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10204273997159549&set=t.1516975798&type=1&theater

  • Here is my typical concert photography outfit 😉

    • Victor Peters

      Hi , Matthias.

      I dig your concert jacket. Can you me more about it (brand, model/make, etc.)?

      Cheers,

      Victor Peters
      (www.victorpeters.nl)

  • Guest

    This one was from early in the year. My new years resolution was to shoot a festival, I never knew that a few weeks later I would be! This was a “selfie” with the Canon 5DMK3 and a timer and flash.

    http://www.wezzycruze.com/portfolio

  • Wezzy Cruze

    Picture didn’t want to load 😛

  • Wezzy Cruze

    This one was from early in the year. My new years resolution was to shoot a festival, I never knew that a few weeks later I would be! This was a “selfie” with the Canon 5DMK3 and a timer and flash.

    http://www.wezzycruze.com/portfolio

  • Frank Mc Elherron

    fish Back stage just before his show.

  • Frank Mc Elherron

    why is it not showing the photo i just uploaded

  • Frank Mc Elherron

    Dr Feelgood

  • Frank Mc Elherron

    myself and willko Johnson at the railway Bolton uk

  • Guest

    Frank Turner and me – Grand Rapids, Michigan. That was a long haul, Frank followed by 4 Biffy Clyro gigs…… http://www.takeapolaroidpicture.com

  • Frank Mc Elherron

    on stage at festwich getting the crowd to get hand up.

  • Ima Mused

    Frank Turner and me backstage at The Intersection in Grand Rapids, MI. That was a long haul – Frank followed by four Biffy Clyro gigs in three days. The things you do.

    http://www.takeapolaroidpicture.com

  • Marcel Krijgsman

    Sometimes you are at concerts or festivals where you are really blown away. Well… that’s happened here with my hair 😉

    Marcel Krijgsman
    http://www.marcelkrijgsman.nl
    Concert portfolio: http://www.marcelkrijgsman.nl/gallery/popfotografie/

  • Guest

    Sometimes you are at concerts or festivals where you are really blown away. Well… that’s happened here with my hair 😉

    Marcel Krijgsman
    http://www.marcelkrijgsman.nl
    Concert portfolio: http://www.marcelkrijgsman.nl/gallery/popfotografie/

  • krijg064

    Sometimes you are at concerts and festivals where you are really blown away. Well… that’s happened here with my hair 😉

    Marcel Krijgsman
    http://www.marcelkrijgsman.nl
    Concert portfolio: http://www.marcelkrijgsman.nl/gallery/popfotografie/

  • krijg064

    Sometimes you are at concerts and festivals where you are really blown away. Well… that’s happened here with my hair 😉

    Marcel Krijgsman
    http://www.marcelkrijgsman.nl
    Concert portfolio: http://www.marcelkrijgsman.nl/gallery/popfotografie/

  • Guest

    http://www.facebook.com/wibiephoto
    this when i shoot a company anniversarry in indonesia

  • Guest
  • Anja Ivanovic

    Not a self portrait (since I am sick and have been in bed for a week now :/ ), but a photo of me on the left from the night I fell in love with concert photography. My boyfriends band was playing and I was looking for someone to come and take the photos of the show, noone had time, but my friend let me borrow his Pentax and explained theory in about 5 minutes or so. After that I was hooked, and 2 months later I bought my own DSLR and started to persue my dream.

    http://www.anjaivanovic.com

    • Thanks Anja for sharing and hopefully you are healthy again soon!

  • Anja Ivanovic

    Not a self portrait (since I am sick and have been in bed for a week now :/ ), but a photo of me on the left from the night I fell in love with concert photography. My boyfriends band was playing and I was looking for someone to come and take the photos of the show, noone had time, but my friend let me borrow his Pentax and explained theory in about 5 minutes or so. After that I was hooked, and 2 months later I bought my own DSLR and started to persue my dream. //// http://www.anjaivanovic.com

    https://scontent-b-vie.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xap1/t1.0-9/10430507_10204451140108076_623240724336046052_n.jpg

  • silkimagery

    Here’s me at Bewtality last year with some crazy dude photo bombing me.
    Photo taken by my mate Daz from White Demon.

    http://www.silkimagery.com

  • couldnt find a better one! But this one was shot 4 weeks ago!

  • Hendy Winartha

    selfie with Captain Jack Road Manager in front of photo session..haha.

    http://www.hendywinartha.com | http://www.flickr.com/photos/findkaboel/

  • Laci Kent

    My UK friend Flex (standing next to me) took this photo of his tv when CMA Fest aired on ABC. This is why I love what I do. I never in a million years would have guessed I’d be that close to Brad Paisley or any other superstar that performed for those 4 nights. I’d love to have your input on what I can do to be better. I want to grow and become the best that I can be in this industry. Thanks!! http://Www.lacikphotography.com

    • thanks Laci, cool story and picture! Wow, I have never been on television before 😉

  • Guest

    Hi, my name is Lucas Page, I love music photography because I am myself a musician (singer) and I love being able to capture the soul of a moment when music elevates someone to a higher level of reality.
    Being able to catch a band’s spirit on stage is the most beautiful thing music can give you as a live music photographer.

    Link: http://www.lucaspage.com

    Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/lucaspageph/sets/

    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LucasPagePH

    Twitter: @LucasPage88

  • Guest

    Hi, I got this photo taken on stage with Chile local pop/rock band @coffeehouse

    http://peterhaupth.com/music/

  • Guest

    Hi, I got this photo of me working last thursday.

    http://peterhaupth.com/music/

  • Mark McGauley

    John Cooper from Skillet and I

    http://www.markmcgauleyphotography.com

  • Guest

    I don’t have many good ones, but this was my first ever shoot at Red Rocks. This is by far the most beautiful concert venue in my opinion. I love Colorado soooo much!

  • RADam

    My first shoot at Red Rocks. This is the most beautiful outdoor concert venue in the world in my opinion. If you ever get the chance to visit Colorado, make sure you make a trip to Red Rocks 🙂

  • André Henriques

    I started shooting concerts in 1999 and loving (almost) every moment since. I call this photo “I feed on shows”.
    My website is http://www.ahphoto.pt (temporary website, sorry).

    So the portfolio for the review can be found on flickr, here:
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/ahphoto1999/sets/72157646844766986/

  • Kati Howard

    Okay, not a self portrait because I don’t have the time to take one at the moment, but his is a picture taken of me the first time I shot music with other people. I love concert photography because it makes me feel like a totally different person and really gives me a buzz, but I also love it because of the sense of community that there is. Since that day, I became friends with a good few of the photographers that were also shooting that day.

  • Guest

    I had the wonderful opportunity to shoot at Red Rocks in Colorado this summer and live out a dream. My buddy Lewis @gonzoshots.com took this of me as I was taking it all in. I love being in the moment and just reacting to all the things going on around me. perhaps this is why i love concert photography so much. It is mostly reactive rather then proactive like other areas of photography. You react to what’s going on and capture that fleeting moment. I love how you are fostering a collective attitude rather then a secretive one.

  • Dunvael

    Ok, quality is not so perfect…but there were a lot of selfies in mirrors or something like that…but i have never seen selfie…in drum! 😉 that’s my selfie. Was taken before Therion.

    And the second picture is more classic… 🙂

    http://www.dunvael.pl/?page_id=20

    My works.

    Music photography is my whole life and I cant imagine how to live without it. So…I decidet to take part in your contest. 🙂 It’s good to know what about my works think such a great photographer. 🙂

  • Nylo de Meijer

    It would be an honor if you could review my portfolio! Which can be found here: http://www.nylodemeijer.nl (photography & design).

    The photo is where I was filming an acoustic set for Smash Press.

  • Nylo de Meijer

    It’d be an honor if you could review my portfolio, which can ben found here: http://www.nylodemeijer.nl (photography & design).

    The photo is when I was filming an acoustic set for Smash Press,

  • Sylvia Borgo

    Hello! My name is Sylvia Borgo and I’m from San Diego, CA. I fear that I won’t be able to find a better pic of me in the photo pit or one that is more representative of being a concert photographer, and then I’ll miss the opportunity to enter. Soooo, I’m posting this photo with the guys from the band Deaf Havana from Feb. 2014. What I like best about being a concert photographer is that it allows me to express and experience a vital part of me – the music lover. Experiencing live music and watching your favorite bands do what they LOVE best from only a few feet away and on top of that being able to capture that moment, that single moment . . . well, the feeling is indescribable, don’t you think? My portfolio can be found here garciaborgo.com and here is my photo:

  • Leavitt Wells

    I absolutely love interacting with the fans at the front of the pit before a show! The fans love when I take crowd shots and post them to fb, Instagram and Twitter. I’ve personally found that when I interact with fans before the show (if it’s possible!) it creates for a much better experience for me and the fans are excited for me! Beyond that, fans are the main reason we even have a concert to go to. The artists wouldn’t be doing what they love without their help and support, which means I wouldn’t get to do what I love either. I love my artists, but I also love their fans!

    http://www.leaveittoleavitt.com

  • Julieta Campeol

    Hi! I am Julieta from Argentina!
    Here’s a picture of myself at CBGB’s in NYC with some of my favourites pictures behind, like Patti Smith’s, Lou Reed’s and The Ramones’s.
    I love music and I love photography.. the passion at concerts is amazing and I try to express it through my photographs.
    Matthias thank you so much for this opportunity.

    Here’s my portfolio https://www.flickr.com/photos/lornakor/sets/72157640388432476/

  • Hey, Miluta here, from Romania.

    Here are some of my fav shots from last year:)

    http://miluta.ro/component/k2/item/354-fotograf-de-concert#prettyPhoto

    • Hi Miluta, seems like you have a special layout for your lens. Are these the lens bracelets from Adam? thanks for sharing

      • It was the camera of a collegue that shoots mostly rally competitions and those are the bracelets from the main events that he photographed 🙂 This is his portfolio http://rallyzoom.ro/

  • Guest

    This is a picture of me at work…one of the most exciting, entertaining and fullfiling jobs oneself can do.
    The picture was made by a fellow concert photographer, Miluta Flueras, one of the best around here. Thanks man!

    Here is the link to my portfolio: https://www.flickr.com/photos/114537680@N03/

  • Iris Edinger

    Hi there,

    to me taking photos of my favorite bands is one of the
    most valuable and satisfying gift in life. I startet out in 2011 and
    still I feel deeply grateful for having this chance everytime I enter
    the pit. This photo was taken by my higly admired colleague Joerg at the
    FOALS concert in Cologne and I edited in my personal style of b/w. We
    were allowed for the encoure only and this was shortly before it
    started. The energy and joy was so immenent this moment that I wanted to
    have a photo. It’s not the best but it shows the excitement I usually
    feel before it starts.

    The second image is a selfie I did wearing my favorite tour t-shirt:
    STING’s There is no religion but S** & MUSIC.
    ^^

    If I find the time, I will do a more creative
    selfie as required .

    Meanwhile, feel free to have a look at my work over at Facebook https://www.facebook.com/iris.edinger

    … as my website is pretty outdated and badly needs a relaunch. But here you go, anyway:
    http://www.iris-edinger.de

    Good luck to everyone participating!
    Cheers,
    Iris

  • Joana Jesus

    Hi!

    My name is Joana Jesus and I started shooting shows last year. Recently at the O Sol da Caparica Festival, in Costa de Caparica, Portugal, the musician Pedro Abrunhosa invited all the photographers on stage for the 3rd song and them took the camera from a girl and shot the photographers back. Here you have one of the pictures he took where you can see me on the left, and, to give you both sides of the photo, the picture I took of him in that moment.

    You can see my portfolio at: https://www.behance.net/gallery/19396397/Portfolio
    And my blog is: https://joanarjesus.tumblr.com

    Thanks, JJ

  • Shervin

    Here’s one I took in January in front of the Space Needle in Seattle. My little EOS M mounted on a Gorillapod and tied around the same metal banister I was sitting on and two speedlights.

    My site: http://www.photographybysherv.com

    Hope you like it!

    • Shervin

      oops, looks like the pic didn’t make it! Here it is!

    • thanks for your pic! looking great man!

  • Well this is me at shows ^^
    Flickr.com/soundofdordt

  • William Richards

    Hi I’m William. Just starting out as a concert photographer and haven’t got much to show for it yet, although I’m working on that albeit slowly… And I’m also working on my portfolio site, which will include other photography I do, but hope I get the chance for Matthias to give me some good critique! So here’s my self portrait – OK, wrong side of the camera, but I love concert photography because I love music 🙂

  • diogo baptista

    Hi. My name is Diogo Baptista from Porto, Portugal.

    I love music. When I was younger used to play guitar, and I still have it. Years later started by studying graphic design and graphic digital production when I realize my passion for photography. Since then I never stop shooting, and in concert both of them combined is a feeling that is indescribable.

    You can check my work at: http://www.diogobaptista.com
    Portfolio review: http://www.diogobaptista.com/palco.html

  • Kim Baxter

    Hi Matthias, are you still doing your Portfolio Thursday?

  • Kim Baxter

    Hi Matthias, are you still doing your Portfolio Thursday?

  • Scott Moore

    I’ve been shooting live music since 1995 and treat each show as a unique experience to capture iconic rockstars in a new way each chance I get! Please find my website at http://www.limelightimaging.com all feedback and comments are welcomed!

  • Ashley Johnson

    This is my favorite shot it’s of the band broadside, my sister aka sidekick, I a few minute after I shot their set at music festival 2 weeks ago. My website darkheartphotograph.weebly.com

  • dan wright

    Hi, my name is Dan and I’m from NYC.

    I’ve been shooting concerts for about 2 years now. My self portrait is a headshot because my main business is headshot photography. My portfolio can be found here: http://www.wrightshotsconcerts.com

  • martina mlcuchova

    Hi Matthias,
    i am not sure if i am the right candidate for portfolio review because I still don’t have “my homepage” – I have only my “blog page” with my continuous photo reports – http://www.mmmusicphoto.com
    and as a “temporary homepage” with some of my “top portfolio pics” we can consider this page – http://mmmusicphoto.tumblr.com
    anyway thanks for your work!

    martina m.

  • Like a lot of others I don’t have a self portrait however here’s a photo taken on Behemoth’s tour bus several years ago. I don’t currently have a website at the moment, only my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/mikelewisphotos/

  • Pauline Clubb

    Hi Mathias! I’m Pauline from Brussels – Belgium. I started concert photography in 2012 after 3 years of booking rock’n’roll touring bands and never having pictures of the shows. I love this discipline, because you can never take the same photo twice, and every stage and every band is different, and it’s a challenge every night.
    I took this self-portrait in the mirror of a dirty backstage room. I’m sure you know what I am talking about!
    My Flickr is my portfolio at the moment, until I create my own website… Soon : http://www.flickr.com/PaulinePaultergeist
    Thanks for all the advice and inspiration you give us 😉