The Best Music Photography of 2013

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Every year I like to do a collection of my favorite images that I've had the honor of making, and give a run down of the year overall.  From the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas to the Leeds Festival in the UK, here are some of my favorite images from 2013.

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Muse performing at the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Arena on Friday, September 20, 2013. (Todd Owyoung)

Atmosphere from the Red Bull Sound Select at Tammany Hall in New York City on November 20, 2013. (Todd Owyoung)

Atmosphere from the Red Bull Sound Select at Tammany Hall in New York City on November 20, 2013. (Todd Owyoung)

Trent Reznor and NIN performing on the Tension Tour 2013 at the Chaifetz Arena in Saint Louis, MO on October 1, 2013. (Todd Owyoung)

Disclosure photographed at Lollapalooza at Grant Park in Chicago on Friday, August 2, 2013. (Todd Owyoung)

The Airbourne Toxic Event performs at the Marathon Music Works as part of the Red Bull Sound Select in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, 27 July 2013. (Todd Owyoung)

Disclosure photographed at Lollapalooza at Grant Park in Chicago on Friday, August 2, 2013. (Todd Owyoung)

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Bruno Mars performing at the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Arena on Saturday, September 21, 2013. (Todd Owyoung)

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Disclosure photographed at Lollapalooza at Grant Park in Chicago on Friday, August 2, 2013. (Todd Owyoung)

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals performing at the Pageant in St. Louis on January 10, 2013 on the opener of their 2013 tour. (Todd Owyoung)

Fall Out Boy performing to a sold out crowd at the Pageant in St. Louis on June 28, 2013 on their tour for "Save Rock and Roll." (Todd Owyoung)

Taylor Swift performing on the RED Tour 2013 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, MO on March 18, 2013. (Todd Owyoung)

Heavy metal band Megadeth performing in support of Iron Maiden on the Maiden England world tour at Verizon Wireless in St. Louis, Missouri on September 8, 2013. (Todd Owyoung)

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Country artist Kix Brooks photographed at the Great Eastern Exposition in West Springfield, MA on September 27, 2013. (Todd Owyoung)

A Day To Remember performing at the Pageant in St. Louis on April 3, 2013. (Todd Owyoung)

Kesha performing at the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Arena on Saturday, September 21, 2013. (Todd Owyoung)

I'm still waiting to share some of these images, particularly from the shoots with Jason Aldean, Kix Brook, and the iHeartRadio Music Festival, but stay tuned!

To all the music photographers out there, I hope your 2013 was great and 2014 will be even better.

My Camera DSLR and Lenses for Concert Photography

Nikon D850:
I use two Nikon D850 for my live music photography. A true do-it-all DSLR with amazing AF, fast response, and no shortage of resolution.
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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