David Cook

 (Todd Owyoung)

Rolling through on his Declaration Tour, David Cook stopped at the Pageant to deliver a tight and crowd-pleasing set that pulled from his self-titled debut as well as new material, much to the delight of his fans.

 (Todd Owyoung)

 (Todd Owyoung)

 (Todd Owyoung)

 (Todd Owyoung)

 (Todd Owyoung)

Photographer's Notes:

I didn't come into this show with any preconceptions, but after photographing David Cook's performance, I came away mightily impressed. Not only did the American Idol winner come out rockin', he did so with a great stage performance and a very tight set.

For the first two songs, Cook rocked out behind is mic stand for the most part and didn't leave the monitors except for a few trips to the back of the stage. The real treat came at the end of the third song, when the Idol winner came to the front of the stage on two occasions. For my shooting, this was easily the best part of the gig and it was great to get some shots of Cook going to twon on his Gibson.

I photographed this set with my standard setup for these club shows – the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 and Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 on the D3 and D700, respectively. Thanks to spotlights, exposure was not a problem, and I shot at ISO 1600 for the entire three songs.

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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