I wrote a book about concert photography. It is called All Access. Your Backstage Pass to Concert Photography. You can buy it here. When I was writing the book, I decided to get input from musicians, managers, publicists and other concert photographers. I had the photographers show their favorite photo. Here is where it ties into last nights shoot. Two of the photographers, Scott Diussa and Allen Ross Thomas both submitted photos of the same band. Out of all the photos they could have picked, they both picked images of the German based hard rocking band Accept. Last night I got to photograph Accept and now I know why they both picked images from this band.
They are fantastic live.
If there is a Rock ‘n Roll pose or facial expression, you will see it during their show. I used a Nikon D4, a Nikon D700 and a 16mm f/2.8, 42-70mm f/2.8 and 70-200mm f/2.8 for the 3 songs we were allowed to shoot.
Seriously one of the best bands I have ever photographed live. It was really fun to be in the pit for this show even though there were a few drawbacks. The first was the guy shooting with the point and shoot. He would hold the camera out about 2 feet in front of him and it looked as if he was shooting video. I have a great many shots of his arm coming into the frame from the bottom left. Then there were the photographers who basically just camped out in the middle of the pit making it impossible to get over to the other side. I ended up shooting from over on Wolf’s side of the stage and had while that was great, I never did get a good shot of Herman or Stefan. Next time….
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