Paramore

Concert Photos: Paramore @ VWA -- 2009.07.08

Opening up for No Doubt, pop-punkers Paramore lit up the stage with an exuberant performance that saw the five-piece band dominating the monitors and whipping the pit into a frenzy.

While normally I try to limit the number of shots I post in the main set of a performance, Paramore is just one of those bands that begs for an extended treatment. In other words, this one is for the fans.

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Photographer’s Notes:

Having seen Paramore at Warped Tour 2008, I went into this set with high expectations, and the band did not disappoint. Whether it’s just another year under their belt, sharing the stage with veteran rockers No Doubt, or both, Paramore has refined their live show even more and put on a great show.

I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect with regard to lighting, but was pleasantly surprised by the lights Paramore had for this concert. The lighting, for the most part, mirrored the band’s kinetic set, with lots of bursting from arrays of lights at the back of the stage.

While it look a lot of careful timing, hustle, and a little luck, it really paid off to watch the position of the lights in relation to the band members of Paramore. These lights were raised to about 8-9 feet tall, so shooting from the photo pit, the angles for these lights worked out perfectly for beautiful backlights.

Spotlights took care of the some of the frontlighting, while yellow, magenta, and blue accents came from above to round out the band’s look.

I shot this set primarily with the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8, though I also made use of the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8. Due to the band’s movements, I kept the shutter speeds as high as possible. Thanks to a small bit of daylight filling in and the spotlights, there was generally plenty of light to make this happen.

I shot this set primarily at ISO 1600 – while I could have shot at a lower ISO, the D3 has such clean files at that sensitivity that I never hesitate to pump it up to that setting if it means achieving more motion-stopping power.

End Notes:

If you have the opportunity to photograph Paramore, they’re a great set of subjects. I’d love to see them stick around for a while and rock a few arena tours.

Stay tuned for the No Doubt concert photos; they’re coming up!

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  1. Paul H.

    Nice work Todd! I saw this same show about a week ago. They put on a wild show. At one point the bassist did a cartwheel flip over the back of the guitarist. It was very high energy and you did a good job of capturing that.

    • Todd

      Hey Paul,

      Thanks for the comment. Yup, Paramore has great energy on stage, and they really got me pumped for No Doubt. Glad to hear these images captured the band’s energy for you.

  2. Chris

    Damn. Nice shots as usual. I think you even took her hair into account when composing these photos, similar to when you shot Dragonforce. Though, his hair is probably more challenging. But I just had to say it, and her hair is so delicious (what does that even mean!?). #14 is so cool.

    I really enjoy the lighting in 6.

    And I believe she wears the same pants and shoes as I do. She’s rockin’ SAMBAS!

    • Todd

      Hey Chris,

      Thanks for the comment, nice to hear from you. Yeah, Hayley’s hair was definitely a consideration when composing these shots – I had to leave a bit of room when she was headbanging. DragonForce was actually easier to shoot, since their hair was just flowing and in the frame from one shot to the next. It’s a bit harder when someone is doing hairwhips.

  3. Alex Brown

    absolutely the BEST photos ive seen of them on this tour!
    they are AMAZING
    the colors are brilliant!
    i felt like i was there :D
    these are just flawless really.

    • Todd

      Hey Alex,

      Thanks for the comment. It’s always my goal to make the “best” images of a band on any given tour, so I’m happy if I’ve succeeded in doing that for you. Thanks for the kind words.

  4. Joseph Epperson

    Amazing shots again, I really like the second to last picture, the back of her legs are backlit, its really freakin sweet. What lens did you use? I never seem to get these shots correctly, though I am closing in on them.

  5. Lvynne

    Well it’s worth the wait!! Who knew Hayley could do pretty so well… I always thought she was cute. :) I must confess, Todd’s been whipping Harry Potter to do some magic on his cameras. They’re so amazing-zing…

  6. Justin

    Todd, theese are so awesome, i love how red her hair is! (who doesnt?!) I might accually have a chance too shoot them w/ no doubt at gibson ampitheater, Im deffinatlly getting excited! deffinatly gonna keep some of your tips about her hair in mind!

    • Todd

      Hey Justin,

      If you do get to photograph Paramore, use as fast of a shutter speed as you can get away with. Good luck, thanks for the comment.

  7. Sime

    Great set, Todd… Nice one – The light through the hair combined with the high(er) shutter works so well man, gotta love cameras that are happy to play up around higher iso!

    Sime (One day till Benicassim!! NERVES man)

    • Todd

      Hey Sime,

      Thanks for the comment. The D3 has been nothing short of a revelation for concert photography. With my old D2x, ISO 1600 looked pretty well rough, but on the D3, it’s so clean. Not flawless, but so clean that I can print 20″x30″ with a properly exposed shot and noise is no problem.

      Good luck with the festival.

    • Todd

      Thanks for the kind words, Corey. Composition is one of the things I always try to pay attention to when shooting. A well-composed shot can make a good subject look great and elevate mediocre lighting to something worth looking at, so it’s often front of mind for me. Composition is what I consider the fun part of capturing these moments.

      As for consistency, editing is really important. Not post-processing, but simply what one chooses to show to others. Show only the good stuff and there’s your consistency.

  8. Caique

    Hey Todd, nice shot!

    Can I use your pics on my website? I’ill give you the credits on the albun’s description. I’m waiting for the answer, thanks.

  9. Pat!

    Images Copyright © 2009 Todd Owyoung. All Rights Reserved. Re-posting and unauthorized use is strictly prohibited.

    that’s the first time i’ve seen you have to use that. have you been having problems regarding that lately?

    and great shots as always man. that 6th shot is just amazing :)

    • Todd

      Hey Pat,

      No, I haven’t had any particular problems with re-posting lately, that notice is simply as a reminder to Paramore’s enthusiastic fans. I’ve selected a larger-than-normal set for the fans, so I hope that they’ll respect the images and copyright.

      Thanks for the comment!

  10. Gilang Shanahan

    i’ve been watching your website for a long time, and this is the first time i’ve said anything.

    i love how you work the composition
    i love how you work the lights

    looking forward to more amazing stuff, keep it up!

  11. Dlicious

    Great pix!!! You are seriously talented!! I shoot with a Canon 5D & I’ve been having issues with capturing too much movement when I take pix at concerts. Any suggestions on how to avoide this??

    • Todd

      A high shutter speed is the best way to minimize motion blur. If freezing motion is your top concern, get your shutter speed as high as possible. Fast lenses, high ISO, and wide apertures will help you do this.

  12. jeni

    Wow…her hair looks like it is on fire…great photos. Makes me want to go take pictures, even if it’s not of bands…lol!!

    • Todd

      Hey Jeni, thanks for the commentt. Yeah, Hayley’s hair was especially fiery this time, much more so than when I saw her at Warped Tour last year.

  13. Sabinito

    hi Todd. I’m really enjoying your work very much. I’m trying to improve my photo work in concert and yours is a good example to do it!
    Hope you can visit my personal space.

    Good work!!
    Regards from Queretaro Mexico.

  14. TJ McDowell

    I’m not sure if these are the same kind of lights, but the purple lights in some of the pictures here always give me trouble. We don’t do concerts, but I think these are the same lights some dj’s use at receptions. Shooting only natural light, I have a TERRIBLE time using these lights to not make all the facial features blend together. I eventually resorted to using a small fill flash to overpower the trouble-maker lights. Any suggestions on how to get decent shots without fill flash?


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