Photos: Michael Franti & Spearhead

Photos: Michael Franti & Spearhead Live

Opening up for John Mayer on the Battle Studies Tour 2010, Michael Franti & Spearhead delivered an explosive performance on stage in the way any great opener delivers. With bright, colored lights and a bevy of interesting subjects on stage, I loved photographing this energetic group as a prelude to Mayer's more contained set.

Photos: Michael Franti & Spearhead Live

Photos: Michael Franti & Spearhead Live

Photos: Michael Franti & Spearhead Live

Photos: Michael Franti & Spearhead Live

Photos: Michael Franti & Spearhead Live

Photos: Michael Franti & Spearhead Live

Photos: Michael Franti & Spearhead Live

Photos: Michael Franti & Spearhead Live

Photos: Michael Franti & Spearhead Live

Photos: Michael Franti & Spearhead Live

Photos: Michael Franti & Spearhead Live

Photos: Michael Franti & Spearhead Live

Photos: Michael Franti & Spearhead Live

Photos: Michael Franti & Spearhead Live

Photographer's Notes:

Michael Franti & Spearhead were just plain fun to photograph. While there was a ton of activity on stage that made tracking difficult at times, the sheer energy and number of great subjects on stage made this a great concert photography shoot.

I was shooting this concert double-barrel, with the Nikon D3 and D700 and all my f/2.8 zooms.

There was generally plenty of light, and this could have been a “low” ISO 800 shoot, but I wanted to keep shutter speeds up and shot happily at ISO 1600.

For this concert, the real challenge was close ups of Michael Franti himself – for most of the long three songs, he was running around and hyping the audience. With the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 and a few dedicated moments to the singer, perseverance was really key here in delivering clean shots of the singer's face.

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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