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Hi dzain:

 

Accessing an event with a credential or 'Press Pass' means that you do not pay at all. You are there to cover the event as a photojournalist on behalf of Shutterstock.

 

All you need to do is apply and we'll coordinate the rest. The program is truly worldwide.

 

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Shutterstock Support Team

 

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Hi dzain:

 

Accessing an event with a credential or 'Press Pass' means that you do not pay at all. You are there to cover the event as a photojournalist on behalf of Shutterstock.

 

All you need to do is apply and we'll coordinate the rest. The program is truly worldwide.

 

Sincerely,

 

Shutterstock Support Team

 

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That is great! It won't be for this year though, because the events mentioned allready took place and one is this weekend, but because of that I thought about this program now and I will definately apply for next years events. It will be so much more relaxed standing in the press area then in the crowd (specially for a shorty like me haha)

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Hello dzain:

 

If an event you want to cover is this weekend, we may still be able to get you in...if you really want to go. Please email me the application form and I will do the rest.

 

Remember, we will not know unless we try!

 

Sincerely,

 

Shutterstock Support Team

 

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I've been working with Anthony to get a press pass to The Police concert with Elvis Costello here in Sacramento, CA. He was successful in securing a press pass to the event and everything went exactly as he explained.

 

Anthony is awesome to work with and is VERY patient. I had a lot of questions, etc. I'm definitely going to be submitting more forms for upcoming events and would suggest others do the same.

 

I want to publicly thank Anthony for all his efforts…I think he might be a tad busy!

 

One last note…make sure to get your photo’s submitted soon after the event…Anthony would greatly appreciate it. :-)

 

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Hello chachaman:

 

You weren't the first submitter to inquire about the upcoming Democratic National Convention in Denver.

 

Unfortunately, we were not approved for that event due to 'limited space' issues. The application process actually ended close to two months ago, so we had to apply very early this year.

 

Some events require early applications while others can be arranged last minute. It all depends on a variety of factors that changes with each event request.

 

So, if you are interested in covering something else in your area, please do let us know - when you turn 21. To apply for the Red Carpet program, submitters must be at least 21-years-old. That way you can see how our Red Carpet program can work for you!

 

Sincerely,

 

Shutterstock Support Team

 

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How long infront could we asking for the press pass (red carpet program) Some concerts are very quick sold out, so if the program doesn't provide the press pass on time or at all. I will miss the concert.

 

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Hi kaycee,

 

If you provide me with solid contact information, the event could be tomorrow and we would still try to get you in - regardless of whether or not the concert has 'Sold Out.'

 

Our program allows you to get into a 'Sold Out' show as Press. This means that you would have free access, generally for the first three songs and then you would be escorted out from the venue in order to file your images to us here at Shutterstock. Some venue managers may allow press to stay onsite as long as they stop shooting - what happens onsite all depends on management.

As an example of last minute request capabilities, I was able to coordinate Olympic White Water Trial coverage literally 'overnight' (from a Friday to early Saturday morning, actually) a few months ago for photographer Vince Clements. As a result, he was able to perfectly capture the following multi-day event: http://www.shutterstock.com/cat.mhtml?lang=en&searchterm=whitewater&anyorall=all&search_cat=&search_group=all&orient=all&photographer_name=Vince+Clements&searchtermx=&color=

 

As I have mentioned before: Send your requests in! You will not know if you do not try!!

 

Sincerely,

 

Shutterstock Support Team

 

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Thanks Anthony (moderator) for the quick respons.

I think It's for next year most of the events/concert has passed by, right under my nose.

If I just knew much earlier of the red carpet program........ Metallica,Queens of the stone age etc......ok next year.

 

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I just want to give Anthony a great big 'Thankyou!' for sorting out my media accreditation last weekend for the Red Bull Air Race in London.

 

Great weekend, and no hassles with picking up my pass. For anyone interested in shooting the Air Race, the Red Bull team are great - dedicated Media 'tent' with staff available all day to get you around to prize givings, desks and internet connection, the staff were great for sorting out interviews and photo ops with the pilots, free hot and cold food and drinks, huge bean bags to crash out on and of course as much Red Bull as you can guzzle!

 

First batch of images are in the queue - shot over 1200 during the weekend (yikes!) of which a few are OK :)

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...free hot and cold food and drinks, huge bean bags to crash out on and of course as much Red Bull as you can guzzle!

 

Sounds like being a "red carpet photographer" is an incredible hard job ;-) Don't forget to post images ;-) SY

 

Sy

 

It can be. I have a thread going on my Red Carpet and I will be desccribing what it is like as a day to day journal, it should be an eye opener for someone that has never photographed a sporting event.

 

http://submit.shutterstock.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=43501

 

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I just wanted to say what a fantastic program the redcarpet program is with shutterstock. I just got finished shooting the last of 3 concerts last night at the Indiana State fairgrounds. The first up was Jessica Simpson, Second concert was Daughtry, and last night was Sugarland. The only photo pass I was denied for was Carrie Underwood...oh well!

 

I was kind of nervous for the first concert. I had never done this type of photography before, so I tried to do as much research into it as I could to find out about the most appropriate camera settings, exposure, etc. I used the opening acts for each concert to practice and while waiting for the main act I went over the images to see if I was doing anything wrong and made adjustments.

 

I felt a little under equipped after seeing the concert photography "pro's" with the very best equipment and the L lens, but I think I managed OK.... :)

 

I wish I had an extra body for the shows. It would have been a lot easier and given me more options lens wise. As it was, I just left my 70-200 f/4 on and used that. I had my 85 1.8 with me, but I couldnt take it upon myself to stop using my L lens, as it is a great lens. Looking back, I really should have used it for the last concert, where I could have used more speed. I had to throw a lot of photos out because of some slight blur.

 

By the time the I shot the Sugarland concert last night, I was feeling more comfortable with the whole process. It was a great learning experience for me, and also allowed me to get more photos into my portfolio.

 

Like I said, all in all it was a fantastic learning experience, and the first time I had gotten to see a major concert from the front row! Security was great except for the Daughtry concert. They wouldn't let us go behind the barricade to shoot so when the show started we (the photographers) were pretty much standing amongst the people in the first row, which made it very very difficult to move around for different angles. Also, we were supposed to be allowed to shoot the first 3 songs, but they booted us after 2.

 

Lastly, I want to thank Anthony from Shutterstock. He did a great job setting things up and what I appreciated the most was the tips he gave me on how to improve my photos, etc. Thanks Anthony!!!! If anyone has any questions please feel free to PM me or ask here on this thread, Ill be glad to help.

 

John

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I, too, want to send a huge thank-you to Anthony and Shutterstock for their great red carpet program, through which I was able to attend the Legg Mason Tennis Classic, D.C.’s U.S. Open Series event, this past week. For years I have attended this event as a spectator and wondered what it would be like to shoot from courtside, and thanks to Shutterstock I was able to do that throughout the tournament this year. The experience was beyond my expectations: the photographic opportunities were incredible and I met wonderful people, including other photographers with whom I'll stay in touch. There's nothing like going from watching in the stands to sitting between the Washington Post and Getty Images photographers to make it a bit surreal. It was total immersion into professional sports photography, which was a blast!

 

Thank you, thank you, thank you Shutterstock!

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Just got back from another great red carpet program event through shutterstock, the Indianapolis Air show.

Being able to go onto the "front lines" was a great advantage, being I only had a 70-200 lens ( I wish I had a longer one for air shows...or at least a teleconverter)

The absolute best part of the air show, though, was being able to go up in the air with the US Army Golden Knights parachute team and 3 other members of the media and watch them jump out of the airplane from 12000 feet in the air. I got to sit right by the open door of the plane and watch them jump out..Just amazing. A once in a lifetime opportunity for me, and it wouldn't have been possible without the red carpet program! I now have to go through all the pictures I took and HOPE...PRAY that I got some good ones up there!!!

Thanks again Anthony for getting this set up for me!

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Hello Anthony this all sounds very exciting and I would very much like to participate ..... I have checked my local Concert Hall and Cliff Richard is appearing at the Newcastle Arena on the 28TH of November

 

Do you think SS would be interested in coverage of this Concert as He is more well know and popular in the UK and Europe than the US ??

 

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Sue

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Thank you Anthony, you have mail btw

 

Afriad I fell down at the first Hurdle lol alas the Marketing Department where the Concert is being held simply would not comunicate with me when I politely requested a contact phone number (only ticket master number on their web site) and email details plus what forms needed to be filled in for a press pass. They only said they needed to deal direct with any interested Newspaper or Agency which leaves me without the information needed to proceed with filling in the SS Red Carpet PDF :(

 

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First I would like to thank Anthony for all hard work and support during my Red Carpet at Saratoga.

 

His early guidance in getting descriptions correct and a few notes on my early images really helped.

 

I recommend this program to anyone interested in rounding out their portfolio with some great editorial content. Not only will it help your portfolio but it widens the coverage of SS overall content.

 

It doesn't need to be sports, it can be politcal, runway, anything that you feel would be of interest to newspapers, magazines and online media is a reason to try the red carpet program.

 

Anthony and SS

 

THANK YOU!

Dennis

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Do you live in California or the South West?

 

Like sports?

 

Like Horses?

 

Photographed action sports before?

 

Do the names Big Brown, Curlin, Ginger Punch, Colonel John ring a bell?

 

The Breeders Cup will be at Santa Anita Raceway on October 24th. and 25th. This is an oppurtunity for a great Red carpet.

 

Hundreds of the BEST thoroughbred race horses in the world will be at Santa Anita for the Breeders Cup World Championships.

 

You could be standing with and photographing along side the best sports and equine photographers in the world. Spend a morning or 2 before the races and capture these horses in their stables and in morning workouts. Then let your camera capture the speed and beauty of the best of thoroughbred racing.

 

This would be one great event to cover.

 

Dennis

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