Photos: Say Anything @ The Pageant

Fast action, low light, and singer Max Bemis thrusting out his mic at every opportunity for a big-club sing-along. What do you pack in your photo bag? Nikon's f/1.4 primes, naturally.

Photographer's Notes:

The first time I photographed Say Anything in a club opening for Angels & Airwaves, they had notoriously bad lighting. If I thought that their headlining tour would have been any different, I would have been wrong.

Since singer Max Bemis performs at the front of the stage so often, the acute shooting angle made for a huge challenge together with the lighting.

Cameras Used:

Lenses Used:

This show was incredibly rough – but then again, anytime you have to shoot wide open at f/1.4 for the openers, it's probably not an ideal situation. At least not at a club like the Pageant.

I rocked all primes for this gig, with the Nikon 24mm f/1.4 and Nikon 50mm f/1.4 coming in particularly handy for this shoot.

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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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