Concert Photography with ZEISS Batis lenses
By Gary Brown
Concert photography can be a very challenging task for a photographer as well as for the equipment. Your subject is constantly moving while you usually cannot change your position. But worst of all – you have no control over the lighting situation. Read on and learn from concert photographer Gary Brown how he masters this difficult task using the ZEISS Batis lenses on his Sony A7S.
As a concert photographer, it is my desire to shoot crisp, clear, colorful shots in a setting which often times lends itself to the direct opposite – It is a struggle of low light, too bright of light, fog machines and rapid movement, both of the subjects and yourself moving about the pit and on stage trying to capture the perfect image.
So, not only do you need a camera with a great high ISO range, but you also require fast lenses that focus quickly and accurately – lenses that don’t hunt when the fog machine is pumping out its camera sensor confusing mist. This is where the ZEISS Batis lenses come in- I took the Batis 1.8/85 and the Batis 2/25 into Vamp’d Vegas to shoot LA Guns and Chaotic Resemblance- this is a smaller venue with incredible sound but they are a little low on the Lumens- With the 85mm I was able to capture the up close and personal shots of the band members and the 25mm gave me the wider shots that I like to capture in order to give a more dramatic view of the show- Both of these lenses functioned flawlessly and at the end of the night gave me the shots that I came for.
And… as I had some time on my hands (and unfortunately no model) I took the lenses out to the desert near Vegas and shot some kind of desert tree. I was just looking to see the color and the separation of the subject from the background, it was superb! I cannot wait to get the lenses out and shoot them more on a variety of other subjects-
About Gary Brown:
Started into photography back in high school with my fathers Argus 35mm that he picked up while in the Marines. I shot some for the school yearbook and somewhere along the way I won a couple of ribbons for my work at a county fair in Northern Michigan.
I continued to dabble in photography through the 80’s and 90’s but didn’t really step back into it until about 5 years ago when I had a few bucks laying around and thought, ah what the heck….lets play with a camera again….
Fast forward to the present day where I mainly shoot concerts of many of the bands I listened to back in the 80’s – Warrant, Lita Ford, Ratt, Dokken to mention a few. I can also be found every August in Sturgis South Dakota shooting the Annual Motorcycle Rally and across the country shooting various events and festivals.
See more of Gary Brown’s work on his website: Shovelheadstudios.com