Nas @ the Pageant -- 2008.09.03

Backed by DJ Green Lantern on the decks, hip hop luminary Nas took the stage in a fiery performance that had the house shaking with tracks from 1994's Illmatic to 2008's Untitled and everything in between.

Nas @ the Pageant -- 2008.09.03

Nas @ the Pageant -- 2008.09.03

Nas @ the Pageant -- 2008.09.03

Nas @ the Pageant -- 2008.09.03

Photographer's Notes:

Compared to the set for Talib Kweli, Nas's set flew by. Just as for the opening set, I used a trio of Nikon speedlights for the performance, with the SB-900 on-camera and two SB-600s positioned on the stage as remote flashes.

While flash is normally restricted at many concerts, I brought the speedlight setup on a hunch and was glad I did. Without the aid of flash, this set would have been a struggle with the house lighting, which remained a dim glow over the stage for the majority of the set.

Combined with the fast movements of Nas on stage, and it was a no-brainer to fire up the flashes for this one. The SB-900 was on-camera as the commander, with two SB-600s on the stage.

Due to his mic technique, I found myself shooting Nas from house left for most of the first three songs for shots with the least mic-blockage possible.

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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