Portraits: The Maine

The Maine

April 15, 2009 – Taking a quick break from tearing around on the AP Tour 2009, I caught up with The Maine for a portrait shoot. This was a 6:00pm shoot and we caught the light just as it started to warm on the horizon.

The Maine

The Maine

The Maine

The Maine

Photographer's Notes:

These guys were easy to work with, a fact that never goes unappreciated during a photo shoot. While I think of myself primarily as a concert photographer, I'm having a blast working with bands on this level and diving in with portraits.

I always like to do individuals when I shoot bands, if possible, and this session was no exception. While the group shots may often feature the lead singers or founding members more prominently, individuals are a nice way to give everyone a little spotlight time.

For this setup, we used a set of four SB-600s as remotes, controlled by an SB-900 on-camera. This was a pretty basic setup, with a “four-corner” approach – two backlights behind the subjects camera-right and left, and two of the SB-600s fired into 45″ umbrellas in front.

Rounding out the gear, the Nikon D3 and Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 did the trick.

As a bonus, you can check out a super-quick slice of video the Maine uploaded on their Buzznet account that gives you a little atmosphere for this shoot:

End Notes:

Big thanks to my assistants Dave and DJ on this one, as well as to the band and everyone at Fearless Records. The fine folks at Fearless really made this a breeze and were nothing but wonderful to work with.

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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