Photos: Girl Talk @ The Bamboozle

Photos: Girl Talk performing at the Bamboozle 2010

When photographing Gregg Gillis, AKA Girl Talk, the mash-up artist is really only one small component. With his growing show including dancing fans on stage along with a hype crew armed with toilet paper-blowers, the show spills off the stage and into the crowd for massive, massive party.

Full set and a bonus portrait of Gregg Gillis after the jump.

Photos: Girl Talk performing at the Bamboozle 2010

Photos: Girl Talk performing at the Bamboozle 2010

Photos: Girl Talk performing at the Bamboozle 2010

Photos: Girl Talk performing at the Bamboozle 2010

Photos: Girl Talk performing at the Bamboozle 2010

Photos: Girl Talk performing at the Bamboozle 2010

Photographer's Notes:

Photographing Girl Talk was chaotic, but not as crazy as some of other headlining bands. If anything, one of the main challenges shooting this show was knowing what to focus on.

For the start of this set, I photographed Girl Talk as he came out on stage to give a wave to the crowd and when he hunkered down at his laptops. Due to the height of his table and the setup, a close, stage-front shooting position was basically useless. Instead, I chose a spot farther back and utilized the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8.

During the latter half of the allotted time, I turned my attention to circus around Girl Talk. I found that the sides of the stage were the best bet for getting in close, and here is where the ultra-wide perspective of the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 excelled.

Due to the nature of the music, we shot for about 10 minutes – there were no song breaks.

End Notes:

Want more Girl Talk? Here's a portrait I shot of Gregg Gillis in 2008 backstage at Lollapalooza:

Portrait: Girl Talk backstage at Lollapalooza 2008

My Camera DSLR and Lenses for Concert Photography

Nikon D750:
I use two Nikon D750 for my live music photography. Amazing high ISO performance in a compact body with tons of pro features.
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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