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Photos: Rob Zombie @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

 (Todd Owyoung)

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.

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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.

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    • Todd

      You know, I don’t think I had the D800 at this show. But the D800 would have done alright. The 4.5 FPS might be a little slow for some of these moments, but I think it would have been killer in all other aspects.

      If anything, I’ve found the D800 to be as good or better than the D3 and D700. At the pixel level, noise is almost the same at any given ISO setting, which is amazing considering the pixel pitch of the D800. Black levels on the D800 at high ISO seem better, the files don’t get quite as “washed out” feeling.

  1. Priten Vora

    Hey Todd! What were the differences in lighting between each song that you got to shoot? Which ones were brighter / darker? What was the distribution of color across the songs? Was one all about the green and less about the other colors? And what were the most well-lit parts of the stage? Any particular antics or tricks of Zombie’s that stood out from the rest? Thanks in advance!


    • Todd

      Hey Priten,

      Light levels were relatively constant as I recall, only the color of the wash seemed to really chance. If anything, there were these large risers with uplighting, so those provided the most illumination. The band made pretty good use of the risers, so that helped with shooting.

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