Ross Gilmore

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.

Inside Ross’s camera bag:


  1. Robert Gitiche on November 14, 2015 at 5:47 am

    Great shots!
    I once did a concert that had CRAZY sound, my head ached for 2 days!

  2. art meripol on April 1, 2014 at 12:07 am

    this is spot on. A little gear that does a lot. I shot concerts back in the 70’s and 80’s. After going back to the darkroom to process I kept hearing the phone ring…would answer…and got a dial tone. Didn’t take long before I started wearing ear plugs like you. Great stuff. Makes me want to shoot them all over again but digital.

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