Venues with an Open Camera Policy
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Objective: Ever wanted to start photographing concerts, but had no idea where or how to start? The purpose of this list is to be a resource to anyone looking to get their start in live music photography. An open camera policy simply means you
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will be able to bring in a DSLR camera and take photos from the crowd as long as you have purchased a ticket. If you are an aspiring photographer the venues on this list, as reported & updated by photographers around the world, will not demand you
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have a photo pass to bring in a DSLR. Thus, allowing you to build up a portfolio to send to a publication looking for staff or contributing photographers, hopefully then being put on staff by one, and being able to get photo credentials to concerts in the future.
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This list also may help traveling photographers or "last minute photo pass request" situations, but the intention is to be a resource to anyone looking to get their start know where to go in their area.
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Disclaimer: Please be respectful if denied entry with a DSLR. All venues have the right to change their open camera policy, as per an artist's or tour package's request, day of show. Be sure to call the venue day of show to confirm their
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camera policy for the night if possible!
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United States
Canada
Mexico
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StateCityVenueProvinceCity VenueFederal Entity / StateCityVenue Name
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AlabamaBirminghamThe FirehouseOntarioTorontoThe Horseshoe
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AlabamaTuscaloosaEgan's BarOntarioTorontoThe Bovine
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AlabamaTuscaloosaDruid City BrewingOntarioToronto
Tattoo Rock Parlour
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AlabamaBirminghamSaturn
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AlabamaBirminghamThe Syndicate Lounge
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Alaska
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ArizonaFlagstaffThe Hive (someone confirm or deny)?
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ArizonaMesaThe Nile *some shows, call to confirm*
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ArizonaPhoenixJoe's Grotto
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ArizonaMesaThe Underground
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ArizonaMesaClub Red **most shows call to confirm**
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ArizonaPhoenixRebel Lounge
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ArizonaScottsdalePub Rock **most shows. call d.o.s**
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ArizonaScottsdaleWasted Grain
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ArizonaTempe51 West
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ArizonaTempeShady Park
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ArizonaPhoenixLast Exit Live
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ArizonaScottsdaleRogue Bar
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ArizonaGlendaleThe Current Venue
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ArkansasLittle RockVino's
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ArkansasLittle RockRevolution Music Room
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ArkansasLittle RockStickyz
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Arkansas
Hot Springs Village
The Building
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CaliforniaAnaheimChain Reaction
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CaliforniaSan FranciscoDNA Lounge
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CaliforniaSan FranciscoMezzanine (21+)
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CaliforniaOaklandOakland Metro **may vary by show**
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CaliforniaBerkeley924 Gilman (someone confirm or deny it's been a while)
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CaliforniaSan FranciscoBottom of The Hill **may vary by show**
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CaliforniaSan FranciscoNeck of The Woods
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CaliforniaSan FranciscoThee Parkside
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CaliforniaSan DiegoThe Holding Company
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CaliforniaSan DiegoBrick By Brick
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CaliforniaWest HollywoodViper Room
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CaliforniaLos Angeles
Teragram Ballroom **pollicy is 100% determined day of show**
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CaliforniaLos Angeles
Hotel Cafe **no filming allowed, call to confirm photos are okay D.O.S**
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CaliforniaLos AngelesThe Echo
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CaliforniaLos AngelesThe Redwood
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CaliforniaLos AngelesThe Down & Out
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CaliforniaLos AngelesThe Morrocan Lounge
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CaliforniaLos AngelesCafe NELA
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CaliforniaLos AngelesThe Hi Hat
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CaliforniaLos AngelesWhite Oak Music and Arts
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CaliforniaLos AngelesLos Globos **varies by show**
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CaliforniaLos AngelesUnion
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CaliforniaSan DiegoTowerbar
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CaliforniaSan DiegoSodabar
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CaliforniaSan DiegoTil Two
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CaliforniaSan DiegoThe Irenic **determined d.o.s (day of show)**
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CaliforniaSan DiegoLegend Records
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CaliforniaFullertonProgramme Skate & Sound
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CaliforniaEagle RockAll Star Lanes
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CaliforniaFullertonRiff Mntn DIY
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CaliforniaFullertonSlide Bar
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CaliforniaSanta AnaMalones Concert Venue
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CaliforniaPomonaPBWLA
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ColoradoColorado SpringsThe Black Sheep
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ConnecticutHamdenThe Space
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ConnecticutWest HavenRVP Studios: The Cave
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ConnecticutHartfordThe Webster Underground
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D.CWashingtonBlack Cat
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Delaware
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FloridaSt. PeteState theatre
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FloridaMargateO'Malley's
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FloridaWest Palm BeachRespectable Street
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FloridaLake WorthPropaganda
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FloridaTampaCrowbar
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FloridaOcalaCollesseum
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FloridaOrlandoSoundbar (ex-Backbooth)
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FloridaOrlandoThe Abbey
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FloridaLake ParkThe Kelsey Theater
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FloridaSanfordThe West End Trading Co.
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FloridaTampaThe Orpheum
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FloridaTampaTransitions
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FloridaTampaThe Noise Box
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FloridaOrlandoThe Social **100% varies by show**
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FloridaJacksonvilleNighthawks
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FloridaJacksonville1904 Music Hall
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FloridaJacksonvilleJack Rabbits
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