We do not always receive actual photo passes but if we do we attempt to keep them them. Sometimes we just get escorted to a designated shooting area by the house without any physical pass or other times we wear the lament from the venue. Regardless …without some form of identification as an approved photographer we can expect someone to ask for credentials. I have been shooting since 2010 and things have changed. Three songs no flash has always been the norm but it is slowly changing to variations from 2 songs, 1 song or the first 10 minutes. Also we can no longer plant my self directly below the stage or lean on the stage in smaller theater environments thus is reserved for pits. Most artists in smaller venues have been requiring us not to be seen and remain at the back of the house. All of this just means more creative angles and timing of shooting. The use of more powerful lenes as well as bodies like the Nikon D600, D800 help.