Gearing Up For A 90,000 Stadium Shoot
This weekend, my brother Chris Owyoung and I will be shooting something a little exciting: a concert at a 90,000 stadium. We’re shooting for the band with all access, charged with the task of producing promotional and documentary photos of the show.
With a show this big, gear is an important question. Even with all access and full set shooting, having the right cameras and lenses are critical for covering such a large show. Hit the jump to see what we’re bringing for this live music photography job.
The Stadium Shoot Gear List
Here’s the list of gear that Chris and I are bringing. Again, this is for two shooters.
- 2x Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8
- 2x Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8
- 2x Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II
- 2x Nikon 16mm f/2.8 Fisheye
- 1x Nikon 400mm f/2.8 AF-S VR
- 2x Nikon TC-17E II 1.7x Teleconverter
- 1x Monopod
In addition to the above, we’ll be bringing remote triggers, tons of extra batteries, and other small items.
The Plan of Attack
As you may note, we’ve got plenty of camera bodies on hand, covering the full range from the speed of the Nikon D4 to the high resolution of the Nikon D800, two of Nikon’s best DSLRs. In addition, we have the older model Nikon D3 and D700 for use as remote cameras, as well as the super compact Nikon V2 for its silent operation and very interesting 2.7x crop factor.
We anticipate using zoom lenses for most of the live coverage, but we’ll also be bringing a few primes like the Nikon 35mm f/1.4 and Nikon 85mm f/1.4 for candid shots of the band before and after the show.
The shoot is this weekend, and I’ll report back on what worked!
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.