Photos: A Day to Remember @ The Pageant
A Day To Remember are known as one of the hardest working bands among their peers; a minute into one of their live shows just confirms that fact. These guys put on a relentlessly entertaining show from start to finish.
When ADTR rolled into town, I was excited not only to photograph the show, but to meet up with my buddy Adam Elmakias, who was on tour with the band. Not only is Adam a great music photographer, but he’s a colleague who I consider a friend as well. Always fun to tag team a show.
A Day to Remember put on a great show, no question about it. Tons of energy, which is a challenge and a thrill to shoot. I did three songs for this show.
Lighting for this gig was pretty great overall, but still with a bit of challenge with the occasional red wash. Still, there were plenty of other interesting treatments in the first three to work with. Lots of short duration lighting, so catching white light sometimes meant having a little patience and for it to cycle up.
So far, I’ve been quite impressed by the Nikon D800 for shooting live music photography, and this show was no exception. While the frame rate could be, say, 2 FPS faster to make me truly happy, it’s fast enough that I have no hesitation bringing it out into the pit.
My Camera DSLR and Lenses for Concert Photography
I use two Nikon D750 for my live music photography. Amazing high ISO performance in a compact body with tons of pro features.
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.