Photos: Say Anything @ The Pageant

Fast action, low light, and singer Max Bemis thrusting out his mic at every opportunity for a big-club sing-along. What do you pack in your photo bag? Nikon's f/1.4 primes, naturally.

Photographer's Notes:

The first time I photographed Say Anything in a club opening for Angels & Airwaves, they had notoriously bad lighting. If I thought that their headlining tour would have been any different, I would have been wrong.

Since singer Max Bemis performs at the front of the stage so often, the acute shooting angle made for a huge challenge together with the lighting.

Cameras Used:

Lenses Used:

This show was incredibly rough – but then again, anytime you have to shoot wide open at f/1.4 for the openers, it's probably not an ideal situation. At least not at a club like the Pageant.

I rocked all primes for this gig, with the Nikon 24mm f/1.4 and Nikon 50mm f/1.4 coming in particularly handy for this shoot.

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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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