I had the pleasure of shooting Radiohead twice back in 2008 on their touring for In Rainbows, and it was once again a thrill to photograph the band on their world tour for King of Limbs. In standard fashion, the band's tour production was on an immense scale, with a huge array of moving video screens and LED wall.
Of course, this was one instance of what looks fantastic for arena audiences being incredibly challenging to photograph and capture as still images. This was the same case as in 2008, when Radiohead's set was almost entirely single colors for each of the first three songs press were allowed to photograph.
So, how does 2012's tour translate into concert shooting with lighting that's primarily comprised of blue, green, and magenta washes? Hit the jump for the answer.
- Nikon D3
- Nikon D700
Radiohead has been known for their tricky lighting in past years, and I don't think that their 2012 is really any exception. That said, it's really not all that bad, either.
The benefit of this kind of lighting is that you can almost set your exposure and then forget about it for a whole song, which is a rarity in the world of live music photography.
For this set, I chose the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 as my main lens. Thom Yorke and company are just far enough away that the reach of the telephoto felt much more useful than my wider lenses. This is especially true if you prefer shooting from a little farther back to get flatter perspectives. And of course, Radiohead's camp is very generous about credentials, so the photo pits for this tour will be packed.
Overall, a great, if challenging, shoot.