Marcello Russo

I’m a wedding and a travel photographer but my first passion remains music photography, especially when it happens on stage. Live music photography is the perfect match between my attitude for reportage and my love for music.

After several years working in front of a lot of indie and mainstream artists, since 2012 I’m the official brand photographer at Postepay™ Rock in Roma, currently the greatest rock festival in Italy.

Taking good pictures in few minutes aiming to capture the perfect moment, the right light, moving among the deafening sounds of a gig, it’s really an exciting challenge for me.

I need appropriate gears to reach the target even if I like to be free from heavy equipment, so this is my current camera kit:

Nikon D750: Picked for its performance in low light, absolutely suitable for live music and wedding photography

Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8: The all-around lens, good for every use

Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR: A must-have for live music photography and general portraiture

Nikon 50mm f/1.8: When I need more light…

Nikon TC-20E III 2x Teleconverter: When the stage is far from me (sometimes we are placed near the mixer area)

I’ve recently decided to choose a mirrorless system instead of a second reflex body. I’m using my Fujifilm X-T10 with satisfaction in live music photography too. There’s more than an advantage using a mirrorless camera in addition to a reflex one.

The main reason I chose a mirrorless is the chance to quickly shoot through live view, so I can take pictures with a different perspective that may make the difference, especially when the stage is tall (suddenly the artist foot get out!).

I find the Fujinon 23mm f/1.4 as the ideal lens to pair with the Fujifilm X-T10 for this job.

You can discover more about my work or easily find me through my website:

www.marcellorusso.net

Inside Marcello’s camera bag:

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