PNC Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ 7.27.11 – Disturbed was the headliner of the main stage and followed acts like Megadeth, Godsmack and Trivium. This was the second time I shot Disturbed this year as I was the hired photographer for Disturbed at the Music as a Weapon tour this past winter. Shooting a band a multiple times you begin to learn the intricacies of how they light their shows and how they move around on stage. Disturbed uses a lot of lights, although this sometimes hurts as much as helps.
I do wish I could have moved around a bit. PNC forces you to shoot from the aisle since there is no photo pit. As a music photographer, I move around in the pit to get the light placement just right and frame my shots how I want. That creativity is gone without a photo pit and I wind up with a smaller selection of photos than I normally would have. But I am my toughest critic. What’s nice when you have been the band’s photographer is when the guitarist recognizes you and makes sure to play to you a bit. And even a fan standing next to you notices.
Great headliner. Always such a fun shoot. These guys know how to put on a stage show and please the crowd. Its probably why thy are one of the biggest metal bands in the world right now.
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