Manchester Orchestra

Concert Photos: Manchester Orchestra

Bathed under moody lighting, Manchester Orchestra threw down a raw set opening for Brand New at the Pageant. This was a dark show, but plenty of haze over the stage provided a nice opportunity to play with exposure and create a more interesting image than would be possible with a “faithful” capture.

Concert Photos: Manchester Orchestra

Concert Photos: Manchester Orchestra

Concert Photos: Manchester Orchestra

Concert Photos: Manchester Orchestra

Concert Photos: Manchester Orchestra

Photographer's Notes:

There was essentially zero light from the front on singer Andy Hull, but ample backlighting gave me the freedom to overexpose massively, kicking up the presence of the backlights to dramatic effect. Slow shutter speeds, a fast 50mm, and high ISO helped enable this approach.

The basic intent was to expose of Andy Hull's face as much as possible and let the background lights fall wherever they might – hopefully bright and maybe even a little heavenly.

The lighting scheme for this set was pretty much an alternating mix of blue/purple and red/orange washes.

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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