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Shinedown @ The Pageant


I’d caught Shinedown on a couple occasions over the past years, and every time I’ve photographed them they’ve put on a tremendous, high-energy show. So when I heard that they were doing an acoustic set, my curiosity was piqued.

Having just caught Aaron Lewis of the hardrock band Staind in a very stripped down show just last month, I wondered if Shinedown would take on something of that flavor, or keep things a little more active.

As it turned out, even “acoustic,” Shinedown still rock out.


Photographer’s Notes:

Overall, lighting was low for Shinedown during this acoustic set, but the band still received a really nice, lush treatment thanks to plenty of haze covering the stage.

Cameras Used:

Lenses Used:

Somewhat unexpectedly, I shot with the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR for a large portion of this set, with the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 coming in second for the lens that delivered the most images included in the final set.

Both the little Nikon 50mm f/1.4 and Nikon 85mm f/1.4 came into play for a handful of images each as the light levels dropped.

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  1. Lorraine

    Wow they look so different than when I saw them last year. In ’09 their appearance was very rock star. Kinda cool how they switched their wardrobe up for an acoustic performance.

  2. Jill Bazeley

    I hadn’t even thought of using the 70-200 for this type of shoot but will have it with me next time. I especially see the advantage of it when trying to capture the drummer without a cymbal in his face. Thanks for the tip.

    • Todd

      Hi Benji,

      It’s all in the preparation. Part of it is shooting two bodies, but if you take off all the lens caps ahead of time, changing lenses shouldn’t take more than 10 seconds.

  3. Alexis B.C.

    They tried the accoustic show for the first time in Québec City this year, as part of private concert with a local radio station mixed with the biggest battle of the band around. The small bands actually had Shinedown as an opener :P Real nice, but they had more the t-shirt look than the clean suit look :P . I rarely seen the venue they played in as full as that night. A killer show for sure that you, as always, captured perfectly!

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