Photos: Rob Zombie @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Rob Zombie is one of those performers who never fails to deliver. Even if you’re not a fan of his music, Zombie is a consumate entertainer. Between the costumes, engaging stage banter, and all out rocking this man does on stage. Add in the world class musicians Zomnbie works with, including drummer Piggy D. and Marilyn Manson alumni John 5 and Ginger Fish, and you have a show.
- Nikon D3
- Nikon D700
Rob Zombie has some gnarly, gnarly lighting. There isn’t a shred of white light that falls on Rob Zombie in any meaningful way in this set—instead, it’s all amped up funhouse colors. Reds, greens, and blues dominate, all mixing together into a cesspool of hate that has nothing but bad intentions for your histogram.
This kind of show is exactly where manual exposure is so key. Extremely bright and saturated colors like those in Zombie’s set really throw most camera metering for a loop, so careful review and setting of exposure will save your butt for treatments like this. And the bonus is that once you do have exposure set, you’re pretty much good to go for that song, as the light stays pretty constant until the next number.
My Camera DSLR and Lenses for Concert Photography
I use two of the Nikon D800 for the majority of my work. High resolution, excellent high ISO in a robust but still compact body.
Nikon 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 70-200mm 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 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.