I have been shooting live music events for a number of years. It started out as a great way to get to go see my favourite bands for free and indulge my passion for photography.
My first real pro camera was a second hand Nikon F4 film camera, I shot all my live pictures on Fuji 800 film stock as you could push the ISO rating up.
I now shoot on a Nikon D3 that has seen better days. The great high ISO of this camera was such a game changer for shooting live music. It made shooting in small dingey clubs and badly lit venues a joy.
I also have a Nikon D800. If I had the money I would have the new Nikon D4s in an instant.
I carry all of this kit to most of the gigs I cover, apart from my Nikon 300mm f/4 which only gets out when I am covering festivals, or large stadium concerts. I love my Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 – a great lens for getting in close and personal. My Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 is the workhorse and is always on one of my two cameras. I also have an old Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 that is still going strong.
I don’t like to have to carry a big bag around, so I have an ancient old North Face bum bag that my Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 can fit into, along with one of my flash units. I have two flashes – a Nikon SB-910 and a Nikon SB-700 I pair these up with some Yongnuo RF-602 triggers, which are dirt cheap and have never let me down.
I always carry ear protection. Finding yourself 5 feet from 20ft high wall of speakers at an AC/DC concert is not a pleasant experience.