Photos: Justin Bieber @ Scottrade Center

This show was a little insane. First of all, there are the 14,000+ screaming fans filling the Scottrade arena. Then there's the 6'+ stage and a very narrow (single file) photo pit. And then there's the fact that Justin Bieber could probably have a pretty good career in track if he weren't one of the biggest pop stars in the world.

Say it with me: Bieber Fever.

Photographer's Notes:

Justin Bieber is fast. I don't know if it's his sweet kicks, but this kid can sprint. The stage setup for this show doesn't help, either, because the stage is high enough and the pit so narrow that the angles are a little tricky.

Luckily, Justin is a pro, and he comes to the front of the stage enough during the first and third songs that you can't feel too left out. During the second song, Bieber performs on a riser at the back of the stage, but there's pretty good action to be had aside from that.

Cameras Used:

  • Nikon D3
  • Nikon D700

Lenses Used:

For me, the stage was so tall that the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 was pretty useless – 24mm with the full-frame Nikon D3 was just fine. The two-lens kit of the 24-70mm and 70-200mm was perfect, and I didn't want for much else.

If you're shooting this show, come prepared for lots of movement from Justin – he works the whole stage, but it's pretty safe to just stay in the middle and play zone defense.

The lighting is so bright that I honestly could have shot this concert with the Nikon 24-120mm f/4 that I just reviewed, so the technical considerations for this concert are pretty low. Gotta love a good production!

Regarding the request for a close-up of Justin's hair, here you go.

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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