Less Than Jake

Less Than Jake

“Just move to the front of the stage. Just a little closer. Come in for the real deal.”

Do you ever find yourself making these silent requests of musicians? Well I don't know if Chris DeMakes of Less Than Jake has ESP or not, but he was happy to accommodate with plenty of stage-front action.

Tech Notes:

This shot was made with the Nikon D3 at ISO 6400, which was then pushed 1-stop in Capture NX for an effective speed of ISO 12,800. I used the Nikon 14-24mm at 14mm, with a shutter speed of 1/100 at f/2.8.

Opening up the RAW file in NX, I did something one wouldn't normally want to do with a high ISO File, which is to turn noise reduction off.

In Photoshop, I used Noise Ninja to apply chroma noise reduction, but no sharpening and no luminance noise reduction. Due to this processing, the image has a bit of grit, but nothing that wouldn't still print nicely.

Stay tuned for the full set from Less Than Jake.

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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