Photos: Underoath @ Pop’s

Supporting A Day To Remember, Underoath delivered their signature ferocity on stage at Pop's to a feverish, soldout crowd of 1,700+.

Photographer's Notes:

Having photographed Underoath on multiple occasions since they were on Mayhem Fest 2008, I was eager to see these guys bring the crushing metalcore yet again.

This is probably one of the more difficult shows I've photographed. As everyone knows, Underoath love to use strobes and other very short duration lighting effects, which create a very dramatic. From the crowd, what this creates is a hugely intense atmosphere.

In the photo pit, however, it's more like a warzone. The core shooting notes from Underoath on the Cool Tour earlier this year hold true:

Just a huge amount of action on stage with strobe lights and other short-duration lighting effects (flare-ups) in effect for the band’s show. All in all, the lighting wasn’t the most challenging aspect, but more-so its effect on the ability to auto-focus. Even the Nikon D3 and Nikon D700, not to mention my own reflexes, were pushed to the limit with the shooting conditions.

Cameras Used:

Lenses Used:

For any music photographer shooting Underoath, the best advice I can give you is to watch for the timing of lights and to try anticipate the lighting flare-ups. These moments of more consistent lighting often occur during crescendos and at the end of songs.

You can also see images more coverage of Underoath here:

Underoath, The Cool Tour 2010

Photos of Christian metalcore band Underoath performing at the Pageant in St. Louis on July 25, 2010 on "The Cool Tour." (© Todd Owyoung)

Portraits: Underoath, The Cool Tour 2010

Underoath @ Pops 2008:

Metalcore band Underoath performing at Pop's in Sauget, IL on November 2, 2008. (Todd Owyoung/© Todd Owyoung)

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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