Photos: Savage Amusement

Photos: Scorpions Tribute Band Savage Amusement

Whenever it's hard to tell whether the band or the fans are having more fun, I think that's a guarantee of a good show. Such was the case when I was shooting Scorpions tribute band Savage Amusement

And since the band had contracted me to shoot this show, it was even better – my job was easy: capture the rock. With such enthusiastic performers who were so obviously loving every second, I had a blast with this job.

Photos: Scorpions Tribute Band Savage Amusement

Photos: Scorpions Tribute Band Savage Amusement

Photos: Scorpions Tribute Band Savage Amusement

Photos: Scorpions Tribute Band Savage Amusement

Photos: Scorpions Tribute Band Savage Amusement

Photos: Scorpions Tribute Band Savage Amusement

Photos: Scorpions Tribute Band Savage Amusement

Photos: Scorpions Tribute Band Savage Amusement

Photos: Scorpions Tribute Band Savage Amusement

Photos: Scorpions Tribute Band Savage Amusement

Photos: Scorpions Tribute Band Savage Amusement

Photos: Scorpions Tribute Band Savage Amusement

Photographer's Notes:

Between all-access to a local band and as-good-as-no-access to a world-famous band of rockers, which would you take?

Not days before Savage Amusement's show, I was shooting the Eagles in a stadium from the soundboard, shooting from behind some 50+ rows of standing, cheering fans. The night before that, it was shooting Sting – again, a soundboard shoot.

Savage Amusement's performance was on a much, much different scale, but ask me which one was the better show for music photography and the answer is simple. Add to the fact that contracted shoots (even for local bands) pay multiples more than editorial assignments, and it's a no brainer.

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End Notes:

Sometimes, bigger shows are just that – bigger. But not better.

Love and shout out to the guys of Savage Amusement for making this such a fun job.

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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