Photos: Butch Walker

Photos: Butch Walker @ the Pageant

Butch Walker – singer-songwriter extraordinaire, genius producer, and Nikon shooter – what's not to love?

Photos: Butch Walker @ the Pageant

Photos: Butch Walker @ the Pageant

Photos: Butch Walker @ the Pageant

Photos: Butch Walker @ the Pageant

Photos: Butch Walker @ the Pageant

Photos: Butch Walker @ the Pageant

Photographer's Notes:

I always find spotlights a mixed blessing in a club setting, and particularly at the Pageant, where the background effects are often too weak – or simply non-existent – to register in the exposure. Such was the case for much of Butch Walker's set.

Luckily, there were enough flare-ups in the accents that a little careful timing brought home a more “curated”capture of the evenings lighting. You can read more about my approach to this sort of shooting in my “Concert Photography: Timing” article.

Butch Walker was set back about two meters from the edge of the stage, so I covered this one mostly with the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 and the longer end of the 24-70mm f/2.8.

I kept the exposure locked around 1/250 and f/2.8 between ISO 1600 and 2500.

End Notes:

Butch Walker is a rockstar. And yes, he really does shoot Nikon. A man after my own heart.

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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