Brand New

Concert Photos: Brand New

With a heavily backlit set and dramatic underlighting, Brand New ripped into their sold-out show at the Pageant in support of their 2009 release, Daisy.

Concert Photos: Brand New

Concert Photos: Brand New

Concert Photos: Brand New

Concert Photos: Brand New

Concert Photos: Brand New

Concert Photos: Brand New

Concert Photos: Brand New

Concert Photos: Brand New

Photographer's Notes:

I have to say, this was one of those shows that just had me shaking my head in the photo pit. The first three songs seemed to consist entirely of extremely dim incandescent/gelled lights on the band from underneath and the sides, in contrast to accents from the back of the stage. To give you an idea of how dark it was, this is probably the only performance that I've actually relied on catchflash as an extended technique for image-forming light on a band.

One huge factor to consider for this show is Jesse Lacey's microphone and his positioning. When he's singing, Lacey basically looks like he's resting his nose on the mic, so for photography this is a big factor for getting clear shots of the singer.


The exposure for this set was all over the place, from 1.6-seconds at ISO 1600 and f/2.8 up to 1/125 at ISO 3200 for some of the drummer shots. The intensity of the lighting tended to flare up for this show, so I was constantly spinning dials throughout to keep up with the changing conditions. I'd say most of these shots were made between 1/10 and 1/50.

Lenses & Cameras:

I shot this with show with a combination of the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 and Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 on the D3 and D700, respectively. I also used the Nikon 50mm f/1.4 for the darkest parts of the set.

My Camera DSLR and Lenses for Concert Photography

Nikon Z 7:
I use two Nikon Z 7 for my live music photography. A true do-it-all mirrorless camera with amazing AF, great speed and fantastic resolution.


Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8S:
The 24-70mm is my go-to lens. The range is ideal for stage front photography and the image quality is superb.


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.

See My Full Kit for Concert Photography

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