Musiq Soulchild

Musiq Soulchild @ the Fox Theatre -- 2009.03.01

March 1, 2009 – Opening for Ne-Yo on the Year of the Gentleman Tour, R&B singer Musiq Soulchild lit up the Fabulous Fox in a tight, crowd-pleasing performance that had the fans on their feet and in the aisles.

Musiq Soulchild @ the Fox Theatre -- 2009.03.01

Musiq Soulchild @ the Fox Theatre -- 2009.03.01

Musiq Soulchild @ the Fox Theatre -- 2009.03.01

Musiq Soulchild @ the Fox Theatre -- 2009.03.01

Musiq Soulchild @ the Fox Theatre -- 2009.03.01

Shooting Notes:

While songs flew by, this was a fun performance to shoot. I'd photographed Musiq Soulchild on his headlining tour last year, so I knew the singer was going to bring a lively show to the Fox Theatre.

The lighting for the first three songs was relatively spare, but there were some great effects with blue-green lights from the back of the stage during one part of the show, which combined very nicely with a little yellow rim lighting. Of course, the white light from the spotlights provided abundant lighting, albeit very high contrast, throughout the night.

I used a combination of the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 and Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 as my main lenses for this performance. The telephoto zoom was great for slightly tighter shots of the singer and for shooting down-stage, while the midrange zoom was nice for the wider, slightly more dramatic perspectives and half-length shots. If I had to use just one lens for this performance, I think the 70-200mm would have done well by itself.

Thanks to the bright spotlights, I shot this set at a very comfortable 1/500 and f/3.2 at ISO 1600.

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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