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that old photo thing...(a little bit long, but)
Just thought I'd let you know the reasons behind photo policies in general:
photo policy is generally dictated by band/management/record company/venue
or a combination thereof. For standard rules it is first three songs no
flash and, whatever the rules are, this in enforced at every show. This is
to make it fair for people shooting for their own pleasure as well as those
shooting for magazines and newspapers. This policy is set for two reasons:
1) it keeps the distraction down to a minimal time because it is very
distracting to have people taking pictures throughout the entire show
(especially with a flash) and it gives the band a chance to play without the
distractions and 2) people DO try and sell photos of bands that they take
and there needs to be some control over it.
Some venues have a "no cameras or recorders" policy to cut down on
bootlegging of photos and live recordings of shows because bootleggers are
basically ripping the bands off and a lot of bands are not interested in
being ripped off.
When any band gets to be a size where there is considerable interest in them
photo policies come into effect. Believe me it gets worse as the bands get
bigger. Some venues have cameras confiscated and you may never see them
again, depending on how honest security are, and some bands have contracts
that allow photos only to be taken for specific publications and those
photos are never allowed to be reprinted again - and NO fan is allowed to
It's great that Sloan are not that zealous about their photos, but keep in
mind that it does distract people to have flashes going off all night, you
run the risk of getting your camera broken by people smashing into you if
you're shooting from the pit, and other people are there to enjoy the show
too so don't elbow them out of the way while you try and get you perfect
shot of your favourite band member (as I have seen people do recently). The
band's not playing the show so you can take pictures; the band is playing so
everyone can have a great time.
Hope that clears up any confusion as to the photo issue.