Portraits: The Academy Is…

The Academy Is...
I caught up with indie/pop rockers The Academy Is… on their headlining tour with We The Kings and Hey Monday for a quick portrait session before their show.

Here are a few of the shots from the shoot:


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In addition to the full band shots, we also did some very quick individual portraits. Here's one of The Butcher that I liked:

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Photographer's Notes:

Time was tight and the sun was setting, but the guys were great in making this happen before their meet and greet. Nothing crazy, just a three-light set up and the evening sky.

You can actually see a bit of the progression of the daylight, even though this shoot was only about 15-25 minutes. By the end of the individual portraits, which we did last, I had the shutter speed dialed way down just to get some of the scene's ambient light into the exposure.

For these, the Nikon D3 and 24-70mm f/2.8 did the trick.

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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.

See My Full Kit for Concert Photography

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