Three Songs, No Flash!
Your Ultimate Guide to Concert Photography
Publisher: Rocky Nook
Final Release Date: December 2009
Pages: 152

Author Loe Beerens, a veteran photographer on the international concert scene, relates his experience in and knowledge of all the important aspects of planning and photographing concerts of all kinds. From punk to classical and everything in between, Loe covers how the music industry is organized, how to get access, the right people to befriend, and the proper etiquette of concert photography.

From preparation to equipment selection, the reader will learn how to make the most of those three songs from this richly illustrated book. Shooting techniques for each of the major musical instruments are covered, as well as capturing the peak action, post-production techniques, shooting in low light, and marketing your images.

Whether you are a photography enthusiast, a working professional, or just a lover of music, you will benefit from this informative guide.

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Not a manual, a great visual guide

By Jeremy Hall

from Pleasant Grove, UT

About Me Designer, Photographer

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  • Accurate
  • Beautiful Visuals
  • Easy to understand
  • Helpful examples


  • Not comprehensive enough
  • Too basic

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  • Intermediate
  • Visual Reference

Comments about oreilly Three Songs, No Flash!:

For those familiar with concert photography, "Three Songs, No Flash!" is a great title for a concert guide. Loe Beerens is an seasoned veteran in the industry, which is obvious from even a casual glance at the pages of this book. This visual guide is a keeper simply to revisit the photos for inspiration.

This book falls short in being an instructional guide for those looking for a lot of technical how-to and step-by-step directions. The flow of the book is more of a commentary on why various photos are included and what is good about the expression, story or character captured. To me that aspect is a great resource as I am a visual person that finds inspiration in seeing great ideas to look for the next time I am making images.

Right off Beerens says this book is for the experienced photographer, and by that he means he is not going to get into the nuts and bolts of how to operate your camera. Though I can understand this approach, the book would have been well served to include a few chapters of instruction to augment the rest of his visual approach. The black background to the entire book does well to showcase his impressive photos, but immediately told me this would be a coffee table book, not an instruction manual.

A strong point of this book is the straightforward talk of your place and proper etiquette as a photographer at concerts and the realities of the business side of concert photography. For those trying to break into the field, you are well served to know these things. You are the low man on the totem poll and the world does not revolve around your needs. It's reality, learn to work with it.

Classifying myself as an experienced concert photographer, I looked forward to this title with child-like anticipation. Though it fell short of my expectations in some ways, I am happy to have this title in my library.

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