Photos: Motion City Soundtrack @ The Pageant

It's amazing, but no matter how many times I've seen Motion City Soundtrack, they always seem to bring a tremendous amount of energy – whether they're play a club, a festival, at the start of a tour or the end.

Photographer's Notes:

This was just an ISO 6400 kind of performance. There was a fair amount of white backlighting for this show, but enough of a lack of frontlighting that this gig required high sensitivity, low shutter speeds, and fast lenses.

Cameras Used:

Lenses Used:

Everyone in Motion was actually set up relatively far back from the front of the stage, and I split use between the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 and the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8. If I had only two lenses I could use for shows, these two would be the two-lens kit I'd choose.

If you want to see what Motion City looks like with some beautiful daylight, check out their set this past Spring at The Bamboozle:

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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.

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