Photos: Matt Pond

Photos: Matt Pond

Backed only by a guitarist, Matt Pond opened the night for Ben Folds with a spare and intimate set in the big hall of the Chaifetz Arena.

Photos: Matt Pond

Photos: Matt Pond

Photos: Matt Pond

Photos: Matt Pond

Photos: Matt Pond

Photographer's Notes:

Singer Matt Pond was an interesting challenge. Lights weren't super bright given the capabilities of the Chaifetz Arena, but still no problem for f/2.8 lenses. ISO 3200 and a shutter speed of around 1/125 did the trick.

For lenses, I used the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 and Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 in tandem; there was a generous photo pit and a good amount of room to move around the stationary singer, so this was a pretty easy shoot.

First three, no flash.

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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