Preview: Drummer DJ Swanson


Quick preview of drummer and friend DJ Swanson from a promotional shoot we did recently. You may recall DJ from the shoot with his band Interplause.

I took the opportunity to test out the new Pocketwizard ControlTL units for Nikon on this shoot – the Pocketwizard FlexTT5 and Pocketwizard MiniTT1.


Photographer's Notes:

Cameras Used:

  • Nikon D3

Lenses Used:

Lighting Equipment Used:

We did it up in a style Joe McNally would have been proud of – or at the very least, we used more than two remote speedlights for this. All in all, a total of 5 speedlights – my entire arsenal – went into these shots.

Stay tuned for the full set of images and the precise shooting notes, as well as a few behind-the-scenes snaps. Oh, and did I mention that I'll be diagramming the lighting setups for these shots, too?

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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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