Photos: Soul Descenders

Photos: Soul Descenders

I had no idea what to expect with Soul Descenders, the first of four bands playing for Story of the Year's CD release for The Constant. As it turned out, these boys rocked out like guitar heroes. Hair whips, on-the-knees-shredding, and powerstances.

Photos: Soul Descenders

Photos: Soul Descenders

Photos: Soul Descenders

Robert Trujillo of Metallica would be proud.

Photos: Soul Descenders

Photos: Soul Descenders

Photos: Soul Descenders

Music Photographer's Notes:

As I tweeted just after their set, I do love photographing metal. There's an inherent energy in the music that has the capacity to translate into really dynamic concert photography. And even if the stage treatment is dark, that kinetic power manages to still come through.

In addition, it's always a nice surprise to be basically blown away by the first act of the night. Sure, the night was pretty dim, but when a band's frontman goes down on his knees at the edge of the stage to shred, lighting takes a backseat to buckling down and nailing the shot.

Besides, red light is pretty metal. ISO 6400, f/2.8, and 1/40 got the job done.

As I've mentioned before, I think there's a really nice freedom that can come with photographing opening bands. The same lack of pressure to deliver or even skip the set can be used to push through the challenges of bad light and crazy motion to bring home something more lasting.

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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