Photos: Drive A

Photos: Drive A w/ HIM at the Pageant

Live Music Photography Rule #98: Any jump shot is a good jump shot. Opening for HIM at the Pageant, young punk rockers Drive A delivered a high energy set that gave the perfect opportunity to put this rule to the test.

Photos: Drive A w/ HIM at the Pageant

Photos: Drive A w/ HIM at the Pageant

Photos: Drive A w/ HIM at the Pageant

Photos: Drive A w/ HIM at the Pageant

Photographer's Notes:

Strangely enough, as the very first band in a four-act lineup with HIM headlining, Drive A actually had some of the best and most photography-friendly lighting of the night. With the rest of the three sets characterized by rather dim and moody lighting, Drive A's treatment with splashes of bright white light made for a nice warm up.

Of course, this set wasn't without it's challenges, chief among them the dim color washes that preceded the third song's whites. But here's the secret of live music photography (and indeed any kind of photography): you only have to show the good ones.

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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