On May 2nd I had the chance to photograph one of my favorite bands, Taproot, at fubar. I believe this was my 6th time seeing them live and they put on a great show as always. As with every show, the lead singer, Stephen Richards gets off the stage and moshes with the fans, which is always intense. There was no barricaded area to shoot from, which actually worked out fine. All of the fans were real cool about watching out for me and the camera. As you can tell by the last pic, Stephen had some fun posing for the camera.

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Equipment and Settings

I used a Canon 5D with the Canon 24-70 f/2.8L lens.

This was a very challenging show to photograph because the lighting was extremely dark. The Canon 5D was even have a very hard time focusing and kept wanting to hunt and seek. I normally like to shoot wide open f/2.8 at 1600 iso or less with a shutter speed of 1/320th of a second, but this was no where near enough light to shoot. I wound up having to use 3200 iso with a shutter speed of 1/125th of a second. The reason I like to have such a fast shutter speed is because I am trying to freeze the action.


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I highly recommend seeing them live if they are coming to your area and don’t forget to pick up their new album, Plead the Fifth, on May 11th.

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