Opening for Big Head Todd & The Monsters, Trampled Underfoot probably had some of the most gorgeous lighting I've ever seen for an opening band. While the effects weren't super bright, and thus required primes for a good portion of the shooting, the production for this trio proved that even dim lighting, given the proper exposure, can look fantastic.
This gig with Trampled Under Foot was lit from the front exclusively with an LED rig that had some dedicated white bulbs, mixed with orange output. While LED lights often get a bad reputation among music photographers, these lights looked fantastic, thanks to the dedicated white bulbs. Often, LED rigs will have an RGB array that are mixed to create white-ish light, which looks alright to the audience but often photographs poorly. Not the case for this gig.
Mix in a little backlighting and a lot of haze, this show was gorgeous – albiet dim enough that it necessitated shooting with primes.
Sometimes low quantity of light can still mean good quality, so I was thankful for the Nikon D3, D700 and my f/1.4 primes to open up the relative darkness for this show.