Photos: Tegan & Sara @ The Pageant
Tegan & Sara put out some great music and have some fantastically devoted fans, so I was really excited for their show at the Pageant on their Heartthrob tour. The lighting designer gods has other plans, however—we did the best we could with the red and blue lighting that dominated the first three songs for this one. To all the Tegan & Sara fans out there, hope you enjoy the photos regardless!
This show was a world of hurt! The first song was lit with light blue LEDS—thankfully not anything super intensely monochromatic, so it was possible to make the band not look completely like Smurfs. Unfortunately, the second and third songs were pretty much entirely lit by red LEDs, so those were pretty much a wash (sorry, I couldn’t resist).
Lighting aside, I will say that the Nikon D800 continues to satisfy me when it comes to live music photography. It makes huge, ridiculously overly detailed files for any sort of event photography, but I continue to reach for it these days. I can’t help but think that one day I might want to monstrously large prints one day. Call me greedy.
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.