Workshop on Photographing Musicians

Heidi Talbot
Cherish The Ladies frontwoman Heidi Talbot waiting to start in Schenectady's Central Park (mid-2000s) (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

You’ve seen the fabulous concert photos of Andrzej Pilarczyk right here on, where he serves as chief photographer.

Now you can find out how he gets those great shots… and how you can, too.

In conjunction with the current exhibition at the Saratoga Arts Center Gallery, “Impasse & Motion: Ten Photographers’ Journey Through Instants in Music,” Pilarczyk and musician-photographer Joe Putrock (Metroland, The Times Union, Nippertown) are offering a hands-on workshop, “Photographing Musicians & Musical Events.”

In this unique workshop, which combines a series of lectures, a field trip for on-location shooting and a review / critique session over the course of three days in a two week time frame – students will have an opportunity to work with two of the region’s premier music photographers.

Lecture topics include a discussion of the craft, techniques commonly used used when photographing musicians and musical events, creating dynamic compositions, considering the audience when shooting events and building a career in musician & musical event photography, a field trip to a regional musical event and a review and critique of student work.

Students will also learn about specific camera equipment to use – not by brand, but by type, some history or overview of music photography, the process of getting photo access, starting out, improving techniques, putting a portfolio together for presentation, perseverance and dedication to the craft, selling images, etc…

This class is for students ages 16 and up with some photography experience. Students should bring their film or D-SLR camera (not pocket-types), best lenses, a laptop (not required) and/or a notebook. Class size is limited to 10 students.

Registered students will meet at the Arts Center in Saratoga Springs for two sessions (11am-1pm on Saturdays, July 9 and 16), in addition to attending at least one local musical event/concert during the week specified. Pilarczyk and Putrock Joe will be on hand at each event to direct and assist students. Students will be given a list of FREE concert options in the Saratoga and Albany regions at the first scheduled session.

Cost for the workshop is $185; Saratoga Arts members $175.

Sean Rowe (photo by Joe Putrock)
Sean Rowe photographed by Joe Putrock
And there was Joe Putrock, blocking the view...
Joe Putrock at work (photo by Ed Conway)
`Impasse + Motion (photo by Rudy Lu)
Surrounded by photographers: (from left) Joe Putrock, Saratoga Arts Executive Director Joel Reed, Lawrence White and Andrzej Pilarczyk (photo by Rudy Lu)
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  1. Ed Conway says

    Looking forward to it. It’ll be nice to work my way up from the back of people.

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