Preview: John 5, Rob Zombie @ The Halloween Hootenanny

Don't tell Rob Zombie, but he always plays second fiddle for me – When I shoot a Zombie show, my favorite subject is his guitarist, John 5.

Sure, Zombie has dreadwhips going for him, but there's something magnetic about John 5's more reserved intensity (I know, this is relative – how reserved can you be with face paint?). And of course, whenever a performer like John 5 takes the time to give a little eye contact, it's enough to make any music photographer's night.

Photographer's Notes:

Looking at the timestamps, John 5 held this pose for about one full second before moving on – so you've got one second to realize what's going on, lock AF, compose, and press that button before he's gone.

While we're giving a fist bump to J5, here's a couple of other shots from the last year:

End Notes:

The full set for Zombie is coming up, but if you want more John 5 and Rob now, check their set from Mayhem Fest 2010 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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