Interview: Tracey Welch on shooting gigs with the Nikon Z6

Tracey Welch
With the crowd. Nikon D5, 24-70mm f/2.8, 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO800 (Image credit: Tracey Welch)

Northern Irish band Snow Patrol and I started our careers at a similar time and my early pictures of them go back to 2002 at a music festival in Sheffield, when I was still shooting on film. Since then I’ve shot them three or four times, mostly in arena-sized venues but also, once, an intimate acoustic set in the local Forum Café Bar. Wherever they are, and however big the audience, they have a way of connecting with people that’s really direct and down to earth.

I’d been talking to Nikon about my work, and was interested to see how the Nikon Z6 would perform in a live music and broadcast context, where the virtually silent shutter could be a benefit. They suggested I trial the camera for them, and with the Snow Patrol 'Wildness' tour coming to town I thought it’d be a great opportunity. Not only are they a brilliant band, but the light shows are amazing. 

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