Photos: Breaking Benjamin

Photos: Breaking Benjamin

For me, photographing Breaking Benjamin's opening performance for Nickelback was a waiting game. With three songs, the end of a very long thrust where photographers positioned, and 10,000+ roaring fans – would Benjamin Burnley make use of the ramp and say hi to my 24-70mm f/2.8?

Photos: Breaking Benjamin

Photos: Breaking Benjamin

Photos: Breaking Benjamin

Photos: Breaking Benjamin

Photos: Breaking Benjamin

Photographer's Notes:

For this show, photographers were positioned at the very end of a relatively long thrust, with no option to move to the front of the stage. So, while this was technically a “pit” shoot, it was more effectively more like a very close soundboard shoot.

Unlike Sick Puppies and Shinedown, however, Breaking Benjamin's Benjamin Burnley did make use of the thrust, coming out for a hot second – just enough to rail off some images with the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8. Aside from this moment, this shoot was all 70-200mm all the way.

End Notes:

Want more Breaking Benjamin? Check out their set at the Scottrade Center last December:

Breaking Benjamin @ Scottrade Center 2009

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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