Photos: Animals As Leaders

Photos: Animals As Leaders

Opening for The Dillinger Escape Plan, Washingon D.C.-based Animals As Leaders put on a virtuoso performance of progressive metal. No words, just the instrumental beatdown.

Photos: Animals As Leaders

Photos: Animals As Leaders

Photos: Animals As Leaders

Photos: Animals As Leaders

Photos: Animals As Leaders

Animals As Leaders – “Tempting Time”

Photographer's Notes:

Animals As Leaders didn't move around much (and certainly not by Dillinger Escape Plan standards), so my goal for this shoot was to capture their intensity through gesture and expression, rather than rely on photographing dynamic pose.

The band utilized entirely LED lighting for their set, supplied by panels on the back, uplighting at the front of the stage, and swivels on either side of the drum kit. Overall, shifts and flare-ups in the lighting were slow enough to work with pretty easily, and lighting didn't vary too much during the set.

For exposure, ISO did the trick – better with f/1.4 primes, but even f/2.8 zooms did alright in a pinch for the wider perspectives, too.

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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