Photos: Murderdolls @ The Halloween Hootenanny

Opening up the The Halloween Hootenanny with Alice Cooper and Rob Zombie, Murderdolls put on a fantastic show that proved that showmanship trumps spastic lighting design.

Photographer's Notes:

High energy and fast movements are never really a fun combination when the lighting is feast or famine, but that was exactly the case with Murderdolls. As such, the main challenge for this show was a little bit of timing to catch those flashes of white light, and making sure locked focus all the while.

For me, the trick is to not trying to focus, compose, and make the image in one burst of lighting, because the white light rarely flares up for long enough to do both well. Instead, break up the tasks into different bursts of lighting, and you now have much more manageable tasks for each burst.

Regardless, for all the challenges, the band put on such a fun show that it's hard not to enjoy photographing these guys – especially frontman Wednesday 13.

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End Notes:

Stay tuned for the full sets from Alice Cooper and Rob Zombie! Here's a shot from Rob Zombie's performance at Mayhem Fest earlier this year if you can't wait:

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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