Live Music Photography – Jackson Browne

Jackson Browne 5/6/11

Jackson Browne 5/6/11

As a music photographer, I’ve had the great pleasure of getting to shoot a number of concerts and live performances from a wide variety of bands and musicians. Up until I saw Jackson Browne live at the Peoria Civic Center a few weeks ago, I don’t think I truly knew what an amazing concert was.

For those who know me, they would say “Vuj… you say that about every concert you see.” That may be true, but Jackson Browne, besides being one of the best singer/songwriters in the world, has an on-stage presence and charisma that draws you in and makes you want to stay until the last note rings out.

I was lucky that Jackson was performing in the Peoria Civic Center theatre; they rarely question me about my camera bag and I am able to grab box seat tickets, which allow me not only a great view, but also a ledge to rest or “tripod” my arms on while shooting. Combine that with my Nikkor 70-300mm VR lens and you have pure awesome music photography.

For those music shooters out there, I highly suggest grabbing a lens with some decent VR (or IS, if you shoot from the Canon team), as it will do wonders for your music photography especially in low light. I’m pretty lucky myself to have a pretty steady grip at 1/10th speed, but I prefer to be above 1/30th and not much higher than 1/60th, depending upon the action and how fast the performer is moving around. Luckily, Jackson sat most of the show so it made for some decent images.

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