Opening up for Girl Talk on the big stage of The Pageant, I came away pretty impressed by Penguin Prison. Of course, a unexpectedly decent and bright lighting treatment certainly helped (what can I say, I'm a music photographer). That, and any time the frontman comes out to rock at the front of the stage, I have to give bonus points.
I wasn't familiar with Penguin Prison before the show, but I genuinely had a good time shooting their set. The music was tight, the lights were shockingly good for an opening band at the Pageant, and the guys in band were fun to shoot.
The lighting treatment for Penguin Prison was relatively bright, but came from the high front rig, which created a dramatic look. Thankfully there was a pretty good amount of haze floating over the stage, so the lighting got an extra kick into moodiness.
My most-used lens for this set was the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8, which was great for the distance and position of the band on stage. The Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 came in second for versatility picking up tighter shots of the guys.
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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.
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