This was my fourth time shooting Drake. My first time shooting him was in 2010 at the 9:30 Club. Not exactly starting from the bottom. The thing about shooting Drake is his lights always suck. Always. They sucked at the 9:30 Club. They sucked at DAR Constitution Hall. They sucked the first time at the Verizon Center a few years ago and they weren’t great this time around. I’m also not sold on him being a great performer either. He either stands around or jumps and waves around in a jerky-jerky motion. Not exactly photogenic.
I did like the oval stage set-up on this tour. If memory serves he was a bit more mobile than the previous tour but the lighting didn’t do him any favors. The Verizon Center was absolutely packed for this show and Miguel did an amazing job warming up the crowd with his performance.
SHOOTING NOTES: As you can see, there are deep washes of color on every song. The first song he stays near the back of the stage and s a silhouette against the big LED backdrop, which I honestly didn’t mind. He works his way towards the front of the stage eventually and spends the next two songs walking back and forth. There is the occasional spotlight but they don’t last long. We were stationed at the soundboard, so bring a long lens. I shot these with a rented 400/2.8.
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