Performance shots are always an adventure. You never really know what to expect. Press photographers are usually allowed to shoot the first three songs with no flash from the pit in front of the stage. But that can vary depending on the artist.
Whoever did the lighting for Slipknot knew what they were doing. The best lighting has white light on the artist and colored gels in the background. When the colored gels are on the performer it is almost impossible to get a good shot.
It’s best to have two camera bodies, one with a telephoto lens and one with a wide angle. You don’t have time to juggle lenses in the pit and you are likely to drop a lens when a two hundred pound dude lands on you after flying out of the mosh pit. I got slammed pretty good once at Slipknot, but I had both camera straps around my neck.
- Slipknot Bassist Paul Gray’s Grave Robbed (noisecreep.com)