Photos: Mark Knopfler

Photos: Mark Knopfler

When do concert photographers get to shoot at ridiculous exposures like 1/500, f/4, and ISO 400? When legendary guitar players like Mark Knopfler play the Fabulous Fox Theater, that's when.

Photos: Mark Knopfler

Photos: Mark Knopfler

Photos: Mark Knopfler

Photos: Mark Knopfler

Photos: Mark Knopfler

Photos: Mark Knopfler

Photos: Mark Knopfler

Photographer's Notes:

Here's something you don't hear very often about a concert: This show was blindingly bright.

When Mark Knopfler came out on stage and the spots came on, I didn't think too much of it when the lights warmed up. Except, that instead stopping at the standard level, the spotlight just kept getting brighter. Knopfler was practically glowing.

The average exposure for this set was around 1/500, f/4, and ISO 400. Pretty blazing.

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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