Portraits: Semi Precious Weapons

Semi Precious Weapons: Promos

Just before their headlining performance at the Blender Theater in NYC, Semi Precious Weapons took some time out to  to do a set of promos with the Owyoung Brothers. What do you get when you throw together New York's glam rock saviors and your very favorite pair of Asian brothers? All the damage after the jump.


Semi Precious Weapons: Promos

Semi Precious Weapons: Promos

Semi Precious Weapons: Promos

Semi Precious Weapons: Promos

Photographer's Notes:

This was a very interesting shoot to knock out due to the tight timeframe. Semi Precious Weapons' schedule was such that shooting the day of the show was the best option, and even then that meant a narrow window shooting in the venue just before doors.

Chris and I decided on two locations in the Blender Theater – one in the old movie-theater portion of tiered seating, and another downstairs in the venue's lounge area.

These two looks came together with a setup of four Nikon SB-600 speedlights and two 45″ umbrellas, all fired using Nikon's wireless flash system. A Nikon SB-900 acted as the flash commander for the four remotes.

One thing I love about Nikon's wireless flash system is the ability to change everything on the fly from the commander flash, whether TTL, manual, or some combination. With control over up to three independent remote channels, changing lighting ratios on the fly with commander flash is quick and easy – definitely a great asset that we appreciated under the time crunch.

We shot these with the Nikon D3 and 24-70mm f/2.8.

End Notes:

Big love and thanks to all the guys in Semi Precious Weapons – Justin, Cole, Dan, and Stevy – as well as our friend Shaun, who hustled to make it all happen. The BrOwyoungs salute you.

You can see the last set of promos I shot for Semi Precious Weapons here. And if you haven't already, check out the live shots from the band's performance at the Blender Theater here.

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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