Keller Williams

Keller Williams at the Pageant, January 30, 2010

Performing in a solo show, one-man-jam-band Keller Williams brought his whole bag of tricks to the big stage of the Pageant. And while one might think that such an assignment might be dull from a photography perspective, with just one musician in the middle of a lonely stsage, Keller's engaging personality made it a thoroughly engrossing shoot.

Keller Williams at the Pageant, January 30, 2010

Keller Williams at the Pageant, January 30, 2010

Keller Williams at the Pageant, January 30, 2010

Keller Williams at the Pageant, January 30, 2010

Keller Williams at the Pageant, January 30, 2010

Keller Williams at the Pageant, January 30, 2010

Keller Williams at the Pageant, January 30, 2010

Keller Williams at the Pageant, January 30, 2010

Keller Williams at the Pageant, January 30, 2010

Keller Williams at the Pageant, January 30, 2010

Photographer's Notes:

For me, one part of live music photography is about trying to capture the character of a band or individual. With Keller Williams's solo performance at the Pageant, I had a prime challenge to do just that. Luckily for me, Keller's personality comes out in spades during his live show, and it was a pleasure photographing this multi-instrumentalist.

Exposure for this set hovered around ISO 3200 at 1/80 and f/2.8. Since Keller was set back a fair distance from the front of the stage, I relied on the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 on the Nikon D700 for the vast majority of these images. The Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 and Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 came into minor play for the wider contributions to this set.

For me, the biggest challenge of this performance was trying to capture a variety of images that told the story of the show, all while being very limited in position. In the execution of this set, I tried to utilize a variety of focal lengths and different framing to convey the energy and personality of Keller Williams.

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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