Ludo

Concert Photos: Ludo

Ludo are one band that's basically a little slice of music photographer heaven: an infectiously upbeat band (with equally energetic fans) who mugs from the first song to the last. And of course, the band always allows photographers to shoot their entire set, so if you're in the photo pit, you'll have the chance to catch it all  (light willing).

Concert Photos: Ludo @ the Pageant

Concert Photos: Ludo @ the Pageant

Concert Photos: Ludo @ the Pageant

Concert Photos: Ludo @ the Pageant

Concert Photos: Ludo @ the Pageant

Concert Photos: Ludo @ the Pageant

Concert Photos: Ludo @ the Pageant

Concert Photos: Ludo @ the Pageant

Concert Photos: Ludo @ the Pageant

Concert Photos: Ludo @ the Pageant

Concert Photos: Ludo @ the Pageant

Concert Photos: Ludo

Photographer's Notes:

I've shot Ludo several times over the last few years and without hesitation, their shows are always one to which I look forward. Silly on-stage antics and a fun atmosphere all around make the band's performance's a blast to cover again and again.

In an age filled with the ubiquitous “first-three, no flash,” Ludo's photographer-friendly attitude is refreshing. Press are invited to shoot their hearts out over the entirety of the band's set – usually about an hour and a half.

Overall, lighting was probably best on drummer matt Palermo, who got splashes of white light from above to break up the red, orange, and magenta washes that dominated the back of the stage.

The rest of the band was largely backlit more than anything else, with lots of lush colored lighting flooding through the haze on stage.

The lighting for the set was dim enough that I broke out the 50mm f/1.4 for this set and shot around f/1.6 and f/1.8 for a good deal of the show, just as I did for Ha Ha Tonka's set.

Due to the combination of speaker monitors and the height of the stage, this wasn't really a “wide-angle” show for me, so in this regard the 50mm was really a quite nice focal length. Tim Convy on the Moog and Andrew Volpe were especially good subjects for the fast 50 due to their positioning on the stage.

In addition to the 50mm prime, I did shoot quite a bit with the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 and Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8. The 14-24mm only came out for a few more close-up snaps of Convy and Palermo.

End Notes:

Sick of three-song limits limits? Go find a band like Ludo who rocks out and loves photographers.

Big thanks to Tim Convy and and all of Ludo for setting me up for this show.

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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