Disclosure at Lollapalooza

Photos: Backstage with Disclosure @ Lollapalooza

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

This past summer, I caught up with Disclosure, the UK’s hottest dance act, as they performed at Lollapalooza 2013 as part of the duo’s first US tour. I was on assignment for Q Magazine, and I had a blast hanging out with Guy and Howard at the festival, conquering Chicago deep dish pizza, and latter on at their after party set at The Mid nightclub.

As a music photographer, this was my first time covering a festival where I was tasked with shadowing only one artist. It was a completely refreshing experience to be able to pop in with Disclosure, cover them and their set, and then leave the insanity of a large festival behind. Thanks to Guy and Howard for being so easy to work with as well, this was a great assignment.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photographer’s Notes:

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Lenses Used:

Lighting Kit:

I had a blast following Guy and Howard of Disclosure for their day in Chicago. The Nikon D800 I used were great for this type of shooting — immense resolution to work with, and plenty fast enough for the action of an electronic due like Disclosure.

The Sony RX1 even made an appearance in the print edition of Q Magazine in the feature, capturing some  — the camera was just small enough that it was harmless enough to slip in for more casual moments, where a larger camera might feel out of place.

For the portrait, I used the ever nice Photek Softlighter II and a Nikon SB-800 speedlight. The Softlighter is an excellent choice for a location modifier because it packs up relatively small, it’s easy to set up, and it’s cheap enough that if it gets destroyed or mangled on set, you’re not out a ton of money. And, if the Softlighter is good enough for Annie Leibovitz, it’s good enough for me!

My Camera DSLR and Lenses for Concert Photography

Nikon D750:
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-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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