Photos: Matt Pond

Photos: Matt Pond

Backed only by a guitarist, Matt Pond opened the night for Ben Folds with a spare and intimate set in the big hall of the Chaifetz Arena.

Photos: Matt Pond

Photos: Matt Pond

Photos: Matt Pond

Photos: Matt Pond

Photos: Matt Pond

Photographer's Notes:

Singer Matt Pond was an interesting challenge. Lights weren't super bright given the capabilities of the Chaifetz Arena, but still no problem for f/2.8 lenses. ISO 3200 and a shutter speed of around 1/125 did the trick.

For lenses, I used the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 and Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 in tandem; there was a generous photo pit and a good amount of room to move around the stationary singer, so this was a pretty easy shoot.

First three, no flash.

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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