For the second year in a row, I photographed the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware. This music festival has really become one of my favorite festivals to photograph — it’s just an extremely well-run and well-organized event in the forested Woodlands of Dover.
Just like last year, I was photographing for one of the festival’s sponsors. My duties were largely to create lifestyle images from the festival, essentially showing the attendees of the festival. What this amounts to candids of festival-goers as well as posed shots. What this means for a music photographer is basically being “on” all-day, constantly on the lookout for subjects and moments that will tell the story of the festival. Here are some of my favorite shots from the Firefly Music Festival.
At Firefly this year, I shot with two Nikon D800 and my two main lenses — the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 and the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8. For this kind of festival photography focused on the fans, this combo is just about perfect. 24mm to 200mm is an extremely versatile range — nothing wider or with more reach is really needed.
In terms of shooting, music festivals require a huge amount of stamina. At my longest, I had a 20-hour day of shooting to cover this festival. But for all long days and short nights, these kind of events are supremely fun and rewarding to cover. Until next year, Firefly.
My Camera DSLR and Lenses for Concert Photography
I use two of the Nikon D800 for the majority of my work. High resolution, excellent high ISO in a robust but still compact body.
Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8:
For most gigs, the 24-70mm is my go-to lens. Exceptional image quality at wide apertures and super-functional range.
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR:
A perfect pair to the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8, I can basically shoot any job with the midrange and this lens. Superb image quality.
Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8:
Ultra-wide perspective, ridiculously sharp even wide open at f/2.8. I love using this lens up-close and personal, where it excels.
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