Photos: Butch Walker

Photos: Butch Walker @ the Pageant

Butch Walker – singer-songwriter extraordinaire, genius producer, and Nikon shooter – what's not to love?

Photos: Butch Walker @ the Pageant

Photos: Butch Walker @ the Pageant

Photos: Butch Walker @ the Pageant

Photos: Butch Walker @ the Pageant

Photos: Butch Walker @ the Pageant

Photos: Butch Walker @ the Pageant

Photographer's Notes:

I always find spotlights a mixed blessing in a club setting, and particularly at the Pageant, where the background effects are often too weak – or simply non-existent – to register in the exposure. Such was the case for much of Butch Walker's set.

Luckily, there were enough flare-ups in the accents that a little careful timing brought home a more “curated”capture of the evenings lighting. You can read more about my approach to this sort of shooting in my “Concert Photography: Timing” article.

Butch Walker was set back about two meters from the edge of the stage, so I covered this one mostly with the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 and the longer end of the 24-70mm f/2.8.

I kept the exposure locked around 1/250 and f/2.8 between ISO 1600 and 2500.

End Notes:

Butch Walker is a rockstar. And yes, he really does shoot Nikon. A man after my own heart.

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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