Portraits: The Frantic

The Frantic photographed backstage on Warped Tour, July 5, 2010 (TODD OWYOUNG)

Continuing our portrait series, my brother Chris and I caught up with Chicago-based punk rockers The Frantic backstage on Warped Tour. Rolling with a Profoto AcuteB 600R generator and 600 w/s of power, we had plenty of power to work with, even in mid-afternoon sun. Hit the jump for my favorite image from the shoot with this fun four-piece band.

The Frantic photographed backstage on Warped Tour, July 5, 2010 (TODD OWYOUNG)

The Frantic photographed backstage on Warped Tour, July 5, 2010 (TODD OWYOUNG)

Photographer's Notes:

This was a great shoot thanks to the enthusiastic guys of The Frantic. Chris and I were shooting backstage at Warped Tour, so locations where a little slim, but we spotted this eagle emblem on the side of one of the trailers that were in the service area of the venue and thought it would make a cool backdrop for the band.

While I normally prefer not to shoot into a flat wall, the eagle and dull metal of the container just seemed too cool to pass up.

The lighting for this set was pretty simple, employing a 3-foot Creative Light Octabox that we used with the Profoto AcuteB 600R system. Daylight did the rest. Generally speaking, the Profoto system was fantastic to work with and the 600 w/s provided more than enough power for what we wanted to do. For most of our work throughout the day, we had a stop or two of power to spare.

Gear Used:

End Notes:

Thanks to Kyle, Ian, Chris, and Brett of The Frantic. Thanks my our assistant Allyssa as always for helping on this shoot as well.

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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