Huey Lewis & The News

Huey Lewis & the News -- 2009.01.18

January 18, 2009 – Ladies and gentleman, at 58-years young, Huey Lewis is still on fire. In a thrilling, nearly hour-long set, the dynamic singer led his band The News through a hit-filled performance that had the audience on their feet and spilling out into the aisles.

Huey Lewis & the News -- 2009.01.18

Huey Lewis & the News -- 2009.01.18

Huey Lewis & the News -- 2009.01.18

Huey Lewis & the News -- 2009.01.18

Huey Lewis & the News -- 2009.01.18

Huey Lewis & the News -- 2009.01.18

Huey Lewis & the News -- 2009.01.18

Huey Lewis & the News -- 2009.01.18

Huey Lewis & the News -- 2009.01.18

Huey Lewis & the News -- 2009.01.18

Huey Lewis & the News -- 2009.01.18

Huey Lewis & the News -- 2009.01.18

Huey Lewis & the News -- 2009.01.18

Huey Lewis & the News -- 2009.01.18

Huey Lewis & the News -- 2009.01.18

Photographer's Notes:

This show was a blast to cover. Which was a nice surprise, because I didn't come in expecting such a great production in terms of technical production and the performance on stage. The lights were bright, the band was on, and everything came together for a really fun set.

There was no photo pit for this set, and with a seated front row and minimal clearance to the stage, I stayed out of the way as much as possible while shooting. This meant ducking down beneath the 5-foot stage, positioning myself in front of small, stage-mounted speakers, and anything else I could do to minimize my presence to the event's guests.

Aside from access at the very front of the stage, there was a center aisle dividing the floor seating that went right up to the first row, which was continuous across the length of the stage. This shooting position also provided some nice relief for getting more straight-on shots.

Regarding lighting, the spotlights were literally on Huey Lewis, so the singer became the natural and default subject for the night. There were, luckily, some breaks to lead guitarist Stef Burns during his solos, which added a little variety to the set.

I shot this event with the Nikon D3 and Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 as the primary combination, with the D700 and Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 coming into play for just a few wider shots here and there.

My Camera DSLR and Lenses for Concert Photography

Nikon D850:
I use two Nikon D850 for my live music photography. A true do-it-all DSLR with amazing AF, fast response, and no shortage of resolution.
nikon-24-70mm-f28-lens-squareNikon 24-70mm f/2.8:
For most gigs, the 24-70mm is my go-to lens. Exceptional image quality at wide apertures and super-functional range.
Nikon-70-200-squareNikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR:
A perfect pair to the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8, I can basically shoot any job with the midrange and this lens. Superb image quality.
nikon-14-24mm-f28-lens-squareNikon 14-24mm f/2.8:
Ultra-wide perspective, ridiculously sharp even wide open at f/2.8. I love using this lens up-close and personal, where it excels.
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