Photos: The Avett Brothers

You know it's a good show when there are banjos being shredded. That, and that it's an Avett Brothers show.

The Avett brothers were one of the very first bands I ever photographed back in 2006, so when I heard that they were returning to the Pageant, I knew that I had to cover the show.
To top it all off, the Avett Bros came back to a sold-out crowd, with a great vibe in the house of the Pageant that made this concert a pleasure to photograph.

Photographer's Notes:

This show had a very similar treatment to the Avett Brother's 2009 tour, complete with the same patterned backdrop.

Overall, light was pretty low, but workable enough shooting with primes in the beginning, and then later switching to f/2.8 zooms and higher ISO later on in the three allotted songs.

Cameras Used:

Lenses Used:

While much of the setup for the Avett Bros looked identical to last year's tour, one very nice improvement was the lack of monitors for most of the band.

For this show, my most used lens was the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8, the range of which was great for the relatively close distance of the band, followed by the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8.

End Notes:

When I first photographed the Avett Brothers, it was on a whim. As I mention in the story of how I started photographing concerts, I went to the show without knowing the bands playing. It was in a small club venue – there couldn't have been more than 100 people there.

I was a little concerned about having my Nikon D2x reek of smoke after the show, so I left that camera at home and instead grabbed the Nikon D70 and my Nikon 50mm f/1.4. If you're wondering about that first Avett Brothers show years ago, here's a snap:

Happy anniversary, brothers.

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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