Photos: Tesla

Performing after a long rain delay and an epic lighting storm. hard rockers Tesla proved that the show must go on. While all the guys of Tesla rocked, for me, this show was all about Frank Hannon and his Gibson Flying V.

Photographer's Notes:

This was an interesting shoot – for anyone who has photographed Kings of Leon in the past couple years, it was a sort of like that. Instead of a photo pit the length of the stage, the pit for this festival was split into two parts, right and left. In front of the center stage, there was a big row of bass speakers. This setup of speakers in the pit isn't uncommon, but for most shows there's a narrow pass through, with the barrier pushed out a foot or two in front of the speakers.

For this gig, there was no pass through, so you had to pretty much pick a side and run around the bowl of the amphitheater to get to the other side if you wanted  a different vantage point.

Cameras Used:

Lenses Used:

For this show, I chose to mainly shoot from stage left, which is where guitarist Frank Hannon was stationed. Thanks to Hannon's near-constant mugging and frequent trips to the front of the stage, I didn't feel too bad about the weird photo pit situation. My main lens for this set was the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8, whose zoom range was just about perfect.

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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