Def Leppard Live DVD

Well, I’m pretty excited to tell you that the new Def Leppard DVD comes out today and the cover image is one that I shot during the tour last year!  I’ve always been a Leppard fan, so having my photo on the cover is a huge honor for me.  I blasted the Pyromania cassette constantly when I was a kid, and when I bought my first CD player Hysteria was the first CD I bought.
I was Phil Collen’s guitar tech during the first half of 2015 (filling in for my buddy Scott, who was out with Rush).  After I was done with Leppard, the Tesla crew asked me if I’d come back out and work for them (they were touring with Leppard that summer).  I jumped at the chance to get back on that tour, since all of the bands and crew were great and we were having a blast.
Since I was now working for the opening band, I was done working well before Leppard started their show.  This gave me plenty of time to pretty much shoot their show whenever I wanted.  I knew all of them and they had already used a few of my shots, so they were cool with me shooting.
So one day during the tour, Joe Elliott came to me and said that they needed a photo for the new DVD that they would be releasing in 2017.  He described what they were looking for: the very beginning of the show when the logo was shattering and the band were just coming out.  He wanted to see people’s hands and phones in the air, and he wanted the focus more on the fans than the band.
With this in mind, I found a spot at front of house (the mixing console area) that gave me a good perspective on the stage and the fans in front.  I dialed in my settings and waited for the show to start.  Having been touring with them for a while, I was pretty familiar with the timing of the show intro.  I framed the shot with a DVD cover in mind, and as the moment arrived I fired off a burst of 7 or 8 frames.  I wound up doing this for 3 or 4 shows just to make sure we had a keeper, and they wound up using one from that first night.
Since I had shot them quite a bit I had a good idea of how bright the intro would be, which helped me gauge where my settings should be.

Def Leppard Live DVD

For this shot my settings were:

Shutter Speed:  1/500
Aperture:  f5.0
ISO:  2000
I shot it with my Canon EOS 6D and Tamron 28-75 2.8 lens (zoomed to 45mm).

I used Adobe Lightroom for my post-processing, making some basic adjustments.

Lightroom Edits

I’ve seen a few previews from the DVD, and it looks great!  The band is in top form and the show looks amazing.  If you’re a fan of Leppard, you won’t be disappointed.

Thanks so much for stopping by and as always, feel free to contact me with any comments, questions, or suggestions.

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One Response to “Def Leppard Live DVD”

  1. Cool insights man! Congrats on the cover!!!