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A Pro bag for all your pro equipment

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Concert photography it’s one of the most challenging and exciting styles of photography. Most of concert venues only give you the first two or three songs to be able to get your shots, that means you have seconds to set up your camera, your lens, dial your settings, and take the shot! Having all your gear and knowing how to use is very crucial.

In concert Photography you don’t have any second chances, you don’t have control of your subject or the lights. There are no rules you have to follow, only your creativity and your imagination. Here it’s when all your knowledge about your gear and photography comes to test.

This time I had the pleasure to shoot El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico at The Howard Theatre. I knew that shooting the best salsa orquestra in the world, I couldn’t only concentrate on the artist. As the best known salsa group I had to be able to cover the singers, the musicians, and the well known musical director Rafael Ithier.

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Whenever I shoot a concert, I like to be able to interchange my lens between wide angle, mid range, and close ups. At times depending on the venue and time given I need a monopod to stabilize the image for some video. Having all the gear with me allows me to use my creative and artistic skills. I like to be able to tell a story with my images, I want people to relive the concert or to feel they were at the concert.

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I have been a concert photographer for about 5 years. One of the problems I have encountered during concerts, is that sometimes I would need to carry 2 bodies with multiple lenses but space was limited.

With the Manfrotto Professional Backpack 30 I can carry all my equipment and know that it will be safe. It is a very comfortable to wear even with two Pro bodies and 3 Pro lenses. The Backpack 30 is very well built, with great features; camera protection, interchangeable dividers, external tripod connections, and much more!

I also shoot weddings, Birthday parties, cooperate events, maternity photoshoots, and about everything else. I see myself using this camera bag for a long time and I highly recommend it to those that are looking.
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Camera: Nikon D810 (with battery Grip), Nikon D4

Lens: Nikon 14-24mm 2.8, Nikon 24-70mm 2.8, Nikon 70-200 2.8

Microphone: Nikon ME 1

External Audio: Zoom H6

Tripod: Manfrotto Monopod with Fluid Pan

Accessories: Memory Cards, Extra Camera Batteries, Small LED light

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For those serious photographer with serious gear, understand that being able to carry their gear and protecting it, is highly important. Depending on what I’m shooting I might replace a few items from my bag to accommodate other lens or gear. I would recommend those that might be looking for a bigger camera bag with the same quality built to check out the Manfrotto Professional Backpack 50 or for a smaller design to look at the Manfrotto Professional Backpack 20. Great camera bag for the entry level photographer, enthusiast photographer, or professional.

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Jose Arteaga is not your average photographer, at the age of 16 the love of music got him into DJing.

His love with photography began at his mid 20’s. While dating his wife he would always carry his small point and shoot camera, taking shots and making memories of them two. Upgrading his point and shoot camera to a DSLR was the beginning of his new passion.

He studied photography while attending Montgomery College in Maryland, and has been photographing professionally ever since.

His love for music and photography combined got him into Concert Photography, traveling all over the east coast covering some of the biggest latin concerts at some of the biggest venues. Besides shooting some of the biggest concerts, his Photojournalistic style got him into shooting private events. Telling a story with his images and thinking out side the box, is what makes him unique for his clients.

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