Camera Gear for Concert Photography


This morning I posted a quick snap on Instagram of the camera kit that I'm taking out for Jason Aldean's 2014 Burn It Down Tour. My brother Chris and I are doing official tour and live music photography for the tour. We've shot three dates earlier in the year, and this month we're on deck for a run of 5 massive gigs in baseball stadiums across the US (basically a concert photographer's dream).

A lot of people have been asking exactly what all the pieces are in the kit, so I thought it would be helpful to list out everything. Hit the jump for the full list of gear!

Camera Bodies:
Nikon D800
Nikon D800

Camera Lenses:
Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II
Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 (not pictured)
Sigma 15mm f/2.8 fisheye
Sigma 50mm f/1.4

Memory Cards:
16GB Sandisk Extreme Pro CF
32GB Transcend 600x CF

Camera Accessories:
Nikon EN-EL15 Battery
Nikon MH-25 Quick Charger
Oben CTM-2400 CF Monopod
Jobu Quick Release Clamp (Arca Swiss-compatible)
Think Tank Pixel Pocket Rocket Memory Card Wallet
Phottix Strato (not pictured)

Misc. Accessories:
Zebralight H52 headlamp/flashlight
Limeade 18000mAH external battery
Sharpie (fine point)
Custom Earplugs by JHAudio
Black Rapid Double Strap (not pictured)
11-inch Folding Step Stool (not pictured

Camera Bags:
Think Tank Airport International v2.0 Rolling Camera Bag (not pictured)
Think Tank Shapeshifter Backpack (not pictured)

Computer Gear:
15″ Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Hope this list and photo are helpful in giving you an idea of what I bring on tour to do music photography!

If you have any questions about how I use this gear, hit me up in the comments section. In the meantime, I'm coming for you, Jason Aldean.

 (Todd Owyoung)

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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