As someone who’s been photographing live musical acts from up-and-coming artists in and around L.A. for quite some time now, I usually haven’t had trouble bringing my high-end digital camera into smaller venues, which have included the Hotel Cafe, The Fold (Tangiers, El Cid), The Derby, The Echo, The Silverlake Lounge, Spaceland, and Temple Bar.
But there are non-camera-friendly venues like Largo and The Roxy. The only reason I was able to get my gear in last night to shoot Kate Earl was because I ran it through her management ahead of time. Even then, after checking in with security at the front door, I still went in and talked with the head security guy inside so I wouldn’t get hassled during the show.
Did you know that The Roxy has a policy where they charge videotapers a fee of $100.00 for a VHS videocamera and a whopping $500.00 for a higher-end (i.e. Mini-DV) videocamera?