Photos: Train

Photos: Train @ the Pageant

Rocking a sold out house, it was great to see Train again in top form – I'd last photographed the pop band on an outdoor performance last summer, and I was looking forward to see the band's stage production at the Pageant.

Photos: Train @ the Pageant

Photos: Train @ the Pageant

Photos: Train @ the Pageant

Photos: Train @ the Pageant

Photos: Train @ the Pageant

Photos: Train @ the Pageant

Photos: Train @ the Pageant

Photos: Train @ the Pageant

Photos: Train @ the Pageant

Photos: Train @ the Pageant

Photographer's Notes:

I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with spotlights at clubs like the Pageant. On the one hand, they're spotlights, which generally means plenty of light to keep ISOs low and shutter speeds at a reasonable 1/200 or faster.

On the downside, the relative exposure of the spotlights is so much brighter than any modest background effect from the house rigging that the bright key lights often create a very harsh and sterile look. To combat this, a little timing and editing goes a long way.

And so, even something as wonderful as spotlights can become bittersweet in concert photography. Of course, to anyone shooting in basement dives with dim red cans, this probably sounds like a wonderful problem to have. Just goes to show that it's all relative.

Question, comments? Let 'em rip.

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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