Photos: Travie McCoy

Photos: Travie McCoy @ The Uptown Theater, Kansas City

The first time I photographed Travie McCoy, it was during Gym Class Heroes' infamous Warped Tour '08 show. In the two years since, I've seen Gym Class open for Lil Wayne and T-Pain, but it was great to see McCoy back rocking a more intimate venue with his solo material on the Too Fast For Love Tour supporting 3OH!3 and Cobra Starship.

Photos: Travie McCoy @ The Uptown Theater, Kansas City

Photos: Travie McCoy @ The Uptown Theater, Kansas City

Photos: Travie McCoy @ The Uptown Theater, Kansas City

Photos: Travie McCoy @ The Uptown Theater, Kansas City

Photos: Travie McCoy @ The Uptown Theater, Kansas City

Photos: Travie McCoy @ The Uptown Theater, Kansas City

Photos: Travie McCoy @ The Uptown Theater, Kansas City

Photos: Travie McCoy @ The Uptown Theater, Kansas City

Photos: Travie McCoy @ The Uptown Theater, Kansas City

Photos: Travie McCoy @ The Uptown Theater, Kansas City

Photos: Travie McCoy @ The Uptown Theater, Kansas City

Photos: Travie McCoy @ The Uptown Theater, Kansas City

Photographer's Notes:

Following I Fight Dragon's opening Slot, Travie McCoy's set was up, and I was very curious to see what sort of stage treatment he would receive. I'd seen photos of his glowing mic stand, and was interested to see whether he'd get a dark treatment or if things would eventually brighten up.

As it turned out, Travie got the dark treatment at the Uptown Theater.

Despite a very dark set, one nice thing about this show was the consistency of the lighting, which made exposure pretty easy. The exception was when Travie was at the mic stand, which was actually a lot brighter than I expected.

I shot this set between ISO 4000 and ISO 6400 with the Nikon D3 and D700. For the darker parts of the set, I shot with the Nikon 50mm f/1.4 and 85mm f/1.4, and switched to the 24-70mm f/2.8 and Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 when I needed more flexible range.

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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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