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.

Camera Bodies:



  • 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

D800_24_70_front-squareNikon D800:
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-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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  1. Jeff

    Todd your work always blows my mind – let alone knowing how much gear to bring and what gear to bring! Good Luck to you and your brother and I anxiously awaiting seeing your amazing images! Keep up the great work you definitely have one of the best photography blogs IMHO.

    • Todd

      Hey Jeff, thanks for the very kind words. This one show where we’re not leaving anything to chance, hence the “overkill” gear. Normally, I’d say just three lenses (14-24mm, 24-70mm, and 70-200mm) would be all I’d need.

      Will definitely post images and do a follow up on what gear worked after the gig! Thanks for reading and for the support!

  2. Greg

    throw in a 30 pack of Mountain Dew and some kind of “fix everything” tool and you have everything you could ever need.

    Reallly looking forward to seeing this one.

  3. Mike McQuerter

    Thank you for always being so helpful and sharing your knowledge. I stay quiet for the most part but I am always checking out your great work.

  4. Frankie

    Awesome gear list. How do you set up the remote cameras? Have a concert in June and thinking about setting up a couple of remote cameras with telephoto lens.

  5. Arnaud

    I’m also curious of seeing the pics made !!
    Moreover, I wonder why you bring extra battery ? You do think one by body would be not enough as this is nearly 2000 pics !

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