Preview: Aaron Lewis – Solo & Acoustic

Aaron Lewis, frontman of the rock group Staind, performing on his Solo & Acoustic tour at the Pageant. While lighting was quite low on Lewis, a combination of VR and fast f/1.4 made the most out of this treatment.

Photographer's Notes:

For this gig, I had a pretty idea going in that it was going to be a very dark shoot, so I brought a bag full of f/1.4 primes. For this image, I used the Nikon 85mm f/1.4, which is a gorgeous AF-S update of Nikon's previous AF-D model.

So far in my shooting with this lens, I'm noticing better contrast and an overall improvement in lowlight performance over the older lens, which I own.

Cameras Used:

Lenses Used:

Stay tuned for the full set of images from the show, as well as the my full review of the Nikon 85mm f/1.4.

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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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