Dave Matthews Band

Dave Matthews Band

June 17, 2009 – Returning to St. Louis on their annual summer tour, Dave Matthews Band laid into an epic set of lush lights and a big sound that had crowd on their feet.

Dave Matthews Band

Dave Matthews Band

Dave Matthews Band

Dave Matthews Band

Dave Matthews Band

Dave Matthews Band

Dave Matthews Band

Dave Matthews Band

Dave Matthews Band

Dave Matthews Band

Dave Matthews Band

Dave Matthews Band

Dave Matthews Band

Dave Matthews Band

Dave Matthews Band

Photographer's Notes:

Despite the heat and suffering under the oven-like climate of the shed, Dave Matthews Band's performance at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater was a fun show to cover. Great lights, a big band, and a laid back vibe just made for the perfect summer concert.

When I arrived at the security gate, I was met by the Live Nation reps. A few days before, my contact with Live Nation had surprised me with the suggestion that I should bring a nice print of the stadium shot the band had used for the album art for their Live Trax recording from their performance at Busch Stadium.

Aside from coming with a massive 20″ x 30″ print in tow, this was really just like any other concert.

While the shooting rules for this show were first-three-songs, no photographer should ever really worry with Dave Matthews Band. The three songs we shot lasted nearly 20-minutes, so there's plenty of time to get the job done. The first song DMB played felt particularly extended, with some nice opportunities to catch the band rocking out in the solos.

I photographed this concert with the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 and Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 as my main lenses. The 14-24mm f/2.8 only came out for a handful of full-stage atmospheric shots.

The lights were plenty bright, so there isn't too much to worry about with regard to shutter speeds and such for this tour.

One interesting thing to note about this tour is that the background lighting effects are constantly cycling, so that even on a burst you're going to catch lots of variation in the treatment.

Careful timing to catch the lights you want is really going to pay off, and will mean the difference between Dave spotlighted against a black backdrop or catching him against one of the more lush, colorful treatments the lighting designers have cooked up.

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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