Brookroyal @ the Pageant -- 2009.06.27

June 27, 2009 – Opening up for Story of the Year, local favorites Brookroyal delivered a crushing set for their rabid fans at the Pageant in St. Louis.

Brookroyal @ the Pageant -- 2009.06.27

Brookroyal @ the Pageant -- 2009.06.27

Brookroyal @ the Pageant -- 2009.06.27

Brookroyal @ the Pageant -- 2009.06.27

Brookroyal @ the Pageant -- 2009.06.27

Brookroyal @ the Pageant -- 2009.06.27

Brookroyal @ the Pageant -- 2009.06.27

Photographer's Notes:

This was a wildly energetic set to photograph. I came away really impressed by the energy Brookroyal put into their set, and the crowd response was pretty phenomenal – always two great things for concert photography.

The shoot for this performance was the standard first three songs.

The exposure for this set was kept at a relatively narrow range – about ISO 1600 at 1/160 and f/2.8, give or take a third of a stop on the shutter speed and aperture.

The band had three sets of uplights under the ego risers, which provided some nice, warm lighting. For the most part, this incandescent light was the only stage lighting on the band members at the front of the stage. Blues and reds from the back rounded out the treatment.

I also shot with one SB-600 as a remote, triggered wirelessly by my SB-900 on-camera, though this was only used periodically during the first three songs. Due to the use of uplights, the remote flash was used for fill in some instances, while other moments were better suited to stage lighting-only.

End Notes:

Big thanks to Scott with TVR for hooking everything up. You can see shots of Scott's old band, Modern Day Zero here.

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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