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The Academy Is…

Concert photos: The Academy Is...

Pop Punkers The Academy Is… put on a lively performance, that, despite bizarrely bad lighting for photography, was a blast to photograph and which served as a great warm up for Blink-182‘s reunion tour.

Concert photos: The Academy Is...

Concert photos: The Academy Is...

Concert photos: The Academy Is...

Concert photos: The Academy Is...

Concert photos: The Academy Is...

Concert photos: The Academy Is...

Concert photos: The Academy Is...

Concert photos: The Academy Is...

Photographer's Notes:

The lighting for this show was a very strange mix of cyan backlighting, orange frontlighting, and mild daylight creeping in from under the shed at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. Despite this ghoulish lighting, The Academy Is… brought a really energetic set to the stage.

As ever, frontman William Beckett was the focal point of the performance, with tons of charisma and rockstar moves that belied the band's opening-slot status on this tour. Personally, I'm still waiting for the band's lighting to catch up with their live show.

I shot this show primarily with the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8, though the Nikon 70-200mm came out to pick up some tighter shots of William shot from down-stage as well.

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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