Talib Kweli

Talib Kweli @ the Pageant -- 2008.09.03

Opening for Nas on the Jones Experience Tour, underground hip hop star Talib Kweli delivered a tight set that drew from his deep catalogue, including old standbys like “Get By,” from his debut solo album Quality, and “I Try,” from The Beautiful Struggle.

Talib Kweli @ the Pageant -- 2008.09.03

Talib Kweli @ the Pageant -- 2008.09.03

Talib Kweli @ the Pageant -- 2008.09.03

Talib Kweli @ the Pageant -- 2008.09.03

Talib Kweli @ the Pageant -- 2008.09.03

Talib Kweli @ the Pageant -- 2008.09.03

Photographer´s Notes:

Due to the massive amount of movement on stage, I regularly find hip hop acts among the most challenging shows to photograph, and Talib Kweli´s performance was no exception. The MC worked the length of the stage, pacing left to right with no real home base to his stage presence.

I shot this set with the Nikon SB-900 on-camera and two SB-600s as remote. Rather than move the remotes during the set as I have did for Sick Puppies, I left them stationary and focused on images made primarily in their active range.

As has been par for the course with hip hop shows at the Pageant, lighting was minimal, with dim frontlighting and color accents from the rear.

End Notes:

I´m in Norway.

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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