The Upright Animals

The Upright Animals

October 26, 2008 – This past weekend I did a shoot with The Upright Animals, a great group who I've had the pleasure of working with several times in the past. However, in contrast to the live work we've done before, the task for this shoot was a set of promos to coincide with the band's upcoming EP.

The Upright Animals

The Upright Animals

The Upright Animals

The Upright Animals

Photographer's Notes:

Overall, the Animals were looking for some simple five-up shots for now, so we poked around and threw down near a warehouse.

It was insanely windy during this shoot, such that we had to relocate at one point due to strong gusts that were giving the lightstands and umbrellas a world of trouble, even with sandbags.

Pretty simple set up for these shots, with two SB-600s into 45″ umbrellas in front, an SB-600 as the backlight. There were some SB-800s kicking around, too, but they weren't really used for the above shots.

David Mullis, who was assisting, took a few snaps that show the setup for a few of these shots:

End Notes:

Big thanks to David Mullis and Chris Weiss for assisting on this shoot.

Thanks to Jamie, Ben, Jim, Bill, and Jeff of the Upright Animals, too. The guys are heading down to Nashville this week to record at the renowned Blackbird Studio, which has worked on albums from a wide range of acts, including The White Stripes, Gnarls Barkley, My Morning Jacket, and The Kings of Leon.

I'm excited to hear the Animals' new material, I'm sure it's going to be rockin'.

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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