One of the things I love most about music photography is the nightly opportunity to discover bands like Paper Tongues; you may not have heard of them but their vibe is infectiously feel-good and their performance dynamic enough to break through the infamous snobbery of the NYC audience.
Concert Photography Notes
I shot Paper Tongues with a combination of the 14-24mm, 24-70mm and 70-200mm Nikon zooms. The 24-70mm saw the lion’s share of use but the wide angle was necessary to show off the band’s huge stage presence.
Although the lighting at the Gramercy Theater is basically the best in the city, I occasionally augmented the house lights with fill from a single SB-900 speedlight mounted on-camera. The photos in this gallery are a mixture of ambient-only and ambient with fill-flash. Notably, the top function button on the front of my camera is set to toggle the flash firing on and off. This allows me to decide whether the flash should fire or not without removing my eye from the viewfinder. (This feature is exclusive to Nikon SLR bodies at the time of writing).