Photos: Taylor Swift @ Scottrade Center
One of the biggest tours of 2013 was easily Taylor Swift's RED Tour. Here are my photos from two songs with Taylor Swift at the Scottrade Center.
This Taylor Swift show was an interesting shoot for a couple reasons. While the initial report was for a “pit” shoot, the real shooting location for this tour was from just outside of the barricade, stage left. While this might be a bit limiting, it was still much better than a traditional soundboard shoot.
Shooting access was for songs two and three only. The first song, Taylor Swift spent the majority of the performance on a half circle ramp and a central thrust that extended from the stage. So from the press shooting position, she had her back to us, so there was really no clear shot anyway.
Lighting was quite good and basically pure white light, no complaints there. I used the Nikon D800 as my primary camera for this shoot with the D600 as my secondary body. For anyone looking for two complimentary cameras, I think the D800 and D600 are well suited to each other in these roles.
In fact, the D600's 5.5 FPS frame rate is a noticeable and valuable improvement over the D800's lazy 4 FPS — a boon for any event or music photographer.
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.