The Adorama Learning Center celebrates MTV's Video Music Awards

Learn about photographing musicians and creating your own music videos

This Sunday, MTV will be throwing its annual VMA Video Music Awards ceremony and to celebrate the close ties between music and photography (and, of course, video), we've put together a great package of articles and videos that are geared towards anyone interested in improving their concert photography, photographing bands, or even creating their own music videos. (And if you are in a band, check out the Adorama Learning Center's Professinoal Audio Department for  articles, written by our team of recording professionals, designed to help you sound great.)

To quote my friend Russell Hart (who, I'm thrilled to announce, has joined the Adorama family): "It’s photographers who create the iconic images that often define music’s artists: Alfred Wertheimer’s wistful black-and-whites of a young Elvis; Richard Avedon’s psychedelic headshots of the Beatles for Look magazine; Pennie Smith’s shot of Clash guitarist Paul Simonen smashing his guitar on the stage of New York’s Palladium, used on the group’s seminal London Calling album. And this year, in a sign of the times, acclaimed English photographer Nick Knight has been nominated for an MTV Video Music Award for his direction of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” video. He follows in the footsteps of pioneering Dutch photographer Anton Corbijn, whose “Heart-Shaped Box” video for Nirvana won two VMA awards shortly after the suicide of its writer, Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain."

Here's a quick overview of our music-related photo and video content to celebrate the MTV Video Music Awards. Browse, learn, and enjoy!

Douglas Saunders describes how he embraced the Canon 5D Mark II for shooting music videos and takes you behind the scenes of an award-winner.


Watch Douglas's behind-the-scenes video here:


Mark Wallace interviews David Bergman, official photography for the Bon Jovi tour, about how he developed a unique approach. Watch this video on AdoramaTV. Also see what happens when David hands a photo book, printed by AdoramaPIX, to Jon Bon Jovi.


Ozzie, © Jared Polan


Jena Ardel interviews two top concert photographers. Learn how they broke into the field and the secrets of their succese in her article Concert Photography: Tips from the Pit.


Also watch Mark's interview with filmmakers Jason McKee and Tomas Guzman about making a low-budget video short with DSLRs.

Jamie Howard writes about photographing live performances in tricky and low light.

Want to learn more about shooting digital video with DSLRs? Check out the following resources provided by the Adorama Learning Center:

Mark Wallace's 4-part series on HDSLRs on AdoramaTV:

See even more articles about HD Videography using HDSLRs here!


Finally, to celebrate 30 years of MTV, here's a special treat for those who may or may not remember how it all began...


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