Warped Tour 2012 – Concert shoot

Warped Tour 2012 – Concert shoot

Warped Tour – 2012 – Irvine Just to set this up: There are no stage lights The photo pits are rather small The crowd loves to surf into the pits Many people in the photo pits without a camera, just watching the band It was hot So here is a selection of...
Tesla – Concert shoot

Tesla – Concert shoot

Last night I got to photograph Tesla as they opened for the Scorpions “Last Sting” tour. They were great. Big lights, big guitars, big hair, great vocals and a solid performance that was a joy to shoot and listen to. I have been listening to Telsa for...
GroupLove – Concert shoot

GroupLove – Concert shoot

I had never seen GROUPLOVE before but what a great band to photograph. I have always said that the best bands to photograph are those that are having fun on stage. This is one of those bands. Formed just a few years ago, they attacked the stage and put on one of the...
Neon Trees – Concert shoot

Neon Trees – Concert shoot

One of the bands performing at the 91X X-Fest was the Neon Trees. I was really looking forward to seeing this band after catching lead singer Tyler Glenn perform with Camp Freddy in December 2011. They did not disappoint and I really hope to see them / photograph them...
Jane’s Addiction – Concert shoot

Jane’s Addiction – Concert shoot

Last night was the 91X X-Fest. The summer concert put on by the 91X radio station. This year the lineup included 10 bands with Jane’s Addiction as the headliner. I had never shot Jane’s Addiction but I had shot Dave Navarro and Chris Chaney when they...
Memorial Day

Memorial Day

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The Cult – Concert shoot

The Cult – Concert shoot

I was really excited, the Cult was coming to San Diego and I was approved to shoot the show. Then I was sent the photo release. Let me make a few things really clear here. The publicist had nothing to do with this. The release was sent to be beforehand because they...
The Wall Live

The Wall Live

I really love photographing concerts. Each show is a new set of challenges and I still get a rush when the house lights go down and the stage lights go up. Then there are shows like last night. Let’s call them bucket list shows. Performers that I have always...
Nikon D4 – Review part 3

Nikon D4 – Review part 3

My main reason for buying the Nikon D4 was for low light concert and event photography. Now I have been really happy with my Nikon D700. I believe that the Nikon D700 is probably the best camera that Nikon ever made and that includes the D4, the D3 and the D800. This...
San Diego Humane Society – Walk for the Animals

San Diego Humane Society – Walk for the Animals

On Saturday, May 5, was the San Diego Humane Society Walk for the Animals. My wife and our younger boxer helped to raise money and took part in the walk. I was there as moral support and to put the new Nikon D3200 through some real life shooting. I am working on a...
Nikon D4 – Review part 2

Nikon D4 – Review part 2

One of the new things with the D4 is that it uses a brand new battery. That’s right, a brand spanking new battery which means that the older batteries used in the D3 and the battery grip of the D700 won’t work in the D4. The new battery is also less...

Nikon D4 – Review part 1

I have been shooting the Nikon flagship D4 camera for nearly a month now. I picked the camera up the day before Photoshop World and have been using it ever since. Just to be really clear on some of the basics. I was not given nor was I loaned this camera. It was...
Steel Pulse – Concert Shoot at the Belly Up Tavern

Steel Pulse – Concert Shoot at the Belly Up Tavern

Friday the 13th is usually a day people think of as bad luck but that wasn’t the case for me last week. April 13th, 2012 fell on a Friday and Steel Pulse was playing at the Belly Up Tavern and I would be there with camera in hand. That makes Friday the 13th a...
A Day To Remember – Concert shoot

A Day To Remember – Concert shoot

Last night was the second time shooting a Day To Remember and unlike the first time where we had to leave the pit after the second song due to the crowd surfing into the pit this time I had three full songs to capture the band. I used a Nikon D4 with a 70-200mm f/2.8...
Rise Against – Concert shoot

Rise Against – Concert shoot

Last night I photographed Rise Against at the Viejas Arena. the band rocked, the lights were awesome. The combination of the D700 and the D4 was mostly great (more on that in a minute). The pit was not overly crowded. All in all a really good concert shoot from start...
Nikon D4 – ISO 3200

Nikon D4 – ISO 3200

Last night I shot Steel Pulse in concert at the Belly Up Tavern. The Belly Up is not really a great place for photographers since it has no photo pit and the lights are usually quite low. I figured I would be shooting at ISO 6400 or higher and was looking forward to...
Nikon D4 – ISO 6400

Nikon D4 – ISO 6400

A lot has been made of the high ISO / low noise capabilities of the Nikon D4. I can’t wait to shoot this beast during a concert and I will be getting that opportunity later this week. But in the meantime I wanted to see what the files shot at ISO 6400 actually...
Post Production Workflow

Post Production Workflow

At this years Photoshop World in Washington DC, I presented Concert Photography: From Capture to Client and mentioned that part of my processing workflow had changed since the release of Lightroom 4. These changes were not in the workbook since the workbook was...

Nikon D4 at the Zoo

I took my Nikon D4 to the zoo. I didn’t go to take photos but went with my cousins who were in town and wanted to go to the zoo. I went with really minimal gear, a D4 and a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens and I had a 24-70mm f/2.8 lens in a bag that I never used. First off...
Black & White with Nik Silver Efex Pro 2

Black & White with Nik Silver Efex Pro 2

I recently did a blog post for Nik Software on how I go about turning color concert images into Black & White images using Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 In the post I show how I go from this and change it to this The post is HERE, go check it out and remember, if you...
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