Photos: Childish Gambino @ The Pageant, Camp Tour 2012

Childish Gambino, AKA Donald Glover, performing to a sold out crowd at the Pageant in St. Louis on June 7, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

When photographing hip hop concerts in club venues, I often feel as though it's anyone's guess as to the production, which can add just the right about of anticipation. Such was the case for Childish Gambino's sold out performance at the Pageant.

Hit the jump for the full set of photos and my photographer's notes on this assignment.

Childish Gambino, AKA Donald Glover, performing to a sold out crowd at the Pageant in St. Louis on June 7, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

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Childish Gambino, AKA Donald Glover, performing to a sold out crowd at the Pageant in St. Louis on June 7, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Childish Gambino, AKA Donald Glover, performing to a sold out crowd at the Pageant in St. Louis on June 7, 2012. (TODD OWYOUNG)

 (TODD OWYOUNG)

Childish Gambino, AKA Donald Glover, performing to a sold out crowd at the Pageant in St. Louis on June 7, 2012. (TODD OWYOUNG)

 (Todd Owyoung)

Childish Gambino, AKA Donald Glover, performing to a sold out crowd at the Pageant in St. Louis on June 7, 2012. (TODD OWYOUNG)

 (Todd Owyoung)

Childish Gambino, AKA Donald Glover, performing to a sold out crowd at the Pageant in St. Louis on June 7, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

 (TODD OWYOUNG)

Childish Gambino, AKA Donald Glover, performing to a sold out crowd at the Pageant in St. Louis on June 7, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

Childish Gambino, AKA Donald Glover, performing to a sold out crowd at the Pageant in St. Louis on June 7, 2012. (TODD OWYOUNG)

 (TODD OWYOUNG)

Childish Gambino, AKA Donald Glover, performing to a sold out crowd at the Pageant in St. Louis on June 7, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

 (TODD OWYOUNG)

Childish Gambino, AKA Donald Glover, performing to a sold out crowd at the Pageant in St. Louis on June 7, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

 (Todd Owyoung)

Childish Gambino, AKA Donald Glover, performing to a sold out crowd at the Pageant in St. Louis on June 7, 2012. (Todd Owyoung)

 (Todd Owyoung)

Childish Gambino, AKA Donald Glover, performing to a sold out crowd at the Pageant in St. Louis on June 7, 2012. (TODD OWYOUNG)

Photographer's Notes:

Cameras Used:

  • Nikon D3
  • Nikon D700

Lenses Used:

This show was a great assignment. For one, there was a massive energy in the room as soon as Childish Gambino took the stage. Between Gambino's stage performance and the sold out crowd going mental, there was plenty to photograph.

In fact, the crowd was one of the surprises for this show due to their involvement in the show. It honestly felt like a heavy metal show at some points, the crowd was so rowdily involved in Gambino's show.

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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