Aside from a very quick 2 song shoot a few years ago at Virgin Festival in Baltimore, I have never had the chance to shoot a proper NIN show. So I was really looking forward to shooting Trent and Co. at the Verizon center a few weeks ago. The lighting was a challenge (that’s an understatement) which made the assignment even more fun, I’m always up for a change from the norm at gigs. As an added bonus, I stayed around to watch the rest of the show with my wife and we really enjoyed the band and the light show.
Lights for the first three were very strobe and spotlight heavy. Later in the gig they used the light curtain that Trent used on the How To Destroy Angels show, but the first three songs were very in your face as were the lights. I really loved the light fall off on everyone on stage. There were plenty of opportunities to experiment with different shots and get some creative results.
SHOOTING NOTES: First three and be ready for the strobes. You can’t shoot fromt he very middle of the pit but you can move from side to side. Stay tight because with the sheer amount of equipment on stage when you go wider than 24mm, you’re going to mostly get gear, not performers. Trent doesn’t move much so be sure to get him from different angles. He does strap on a guitar in song 2 or 3, so be ready for that. The NIN crew is super professional and run a tight ship. Be sure to listen to their instructions.
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