Photos: B.o.B. @ iHeartRadio Theater
It's always a thrill to photograph an artist in private show, performing in an intimate venue just a couple hundred of their diehard fans. That was the scene for B.o.B's recent performance at the iHeartRadio Theater in NYC.
I shot this gig around ISO 3200 — no sweat for the Nikon D800, which I find excellent at high ISO. Lighting for this show was with the house lights — nothing too crazy in terms of production, but plenty nice for such an intimate venue.
For this show, I used the trio of my f/2.8 zooms — the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8, Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 and Nikon 70-200mm f/28 VR II. Out of these lenses, the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 was really my most-used lens — it provided a nice range for the stage-front work here.
One tricky thing here was sharing the front of the stage with video using a steadicam, so it meant shooting from either side of the stage — never truly in the middle. For hip hop artists like B.o.B., I think this worked out just fine, as I'm always seeking clean sight lines over a face full of mic!
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.