Allred – A lowlight concert at Velour


K first off when the lighting doesn’t change much throughout the show you start to get a little creative… so I shot through some red fabric that was hanging over by the vip lounge area.

The last set I did at this venue was pretty epic being able to have some good access and use some unique lighting… but this was great show because it was challenged me in other ways.

Contrary to all the light you see in the picture above most of the show was lit by only a couple of light bulbs surrounding the artists. (Like below)


I’ve run into John Allred at several other shows I’ve taken pictures of in the past. Finally after all these years I got time to make it to one of his own shows.
(good thing it was two days because I was originally gonna hit the first night)


The velour is a great place to take pictures in my opinion. I guess I haven’t been to hundreds of spots but it’s one of my favorites so far.

Even with this unique setup that they did with this show being off the stage it worked well.


Most of the pictures were taken with my new 85mm f/1.4 lens and yet I still had to go pretty high with my ISO and low with the shutter speed.

(If anyone see’s a 50mm f/1.4 I believe i left mine there the last time I did a concert. I know… sad day :(

The setting was not one where I could get away making my radio controlled lights seem like they were part of the light show… since there was no light show.

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I guess it also makes it moody when you take pictures through random fabric… like this one above… it did help to make the bare light bulb look a little cooler.


I told him that the pictures would therefore be a bit more grainy and moody… he said he’s down with that.
I think lots of people have to default to a grainy moody look for lots of concerts simply due to limitations of their cameras… But I hope that I added great ideas, composition and used the lighting to my advantage… in ways that set these pictures apart.

BTW the pictures are all taken with my backup camera the D7000 which doesn’t handle low light quite like my normal camera the D700 – but it was nice having that challenge and seeing what it could do when in a pinch.


So the guitar player (Trenton) is a great photographer himself. Here’s his blog
It’s always fun to talk shop prior to the show.

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Some other guys in the band and helping out.

He invited some other local artists.

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Lindsey (Above) was on America’s Got Talent and when I saw she went to BYU and had a bunch of friends in common we became friends on FB and I offered free pictures if she had a fun idea (never happened)… but that was a little while ago and turns out this was the first time I’ve met her… ’twas a pleasure.

She mentioned that this (below) was her sister… so i’ll take her word on it. haha – A cute musical family.


I had fun taking pictures through random things later in the show when I had done most of the normal stuff… This was a candle holder thingy with small grating. (below)


And this (below) was another thing, which I can’t really describe well either, towards the entrance of velour.


Here was their setup that night for those who know velour and are interested


Find more pictures

I have a bunch more pictures… .I only edited about 70something pics… but here’s the gallery.

And if you’re just interested in the B&W pictures go here

Feel free to use the pictures on FB or blogs for non-commercial purposes (i try to keep my watermark nice looking and low-key so it’s still about the image)

Just rt-click and save…
if you want a non-watermarked Or a commercial use picture Or a print -> you can buy those in the galleries.

For other Bands

Concerts are just a fun hobby for me (on top of the wedding and portraits business) and great to stir creativity and have fun listening to music as well.

If you’re a Band interested in Photography read this post


  1. Madelyn Wayment says

    Sorry about your 1.4 lens! That’s a major bummer. I like these pictures. I actually really like the ones that were taken through the fabric. It made the light bulbs less harsh and more “dreamy”. Strong work!

  2. Chris Manning says

    Could you explain what goes into shooting through some fabric? Is this really thin fabric that lends itself to doing that, or are you using some trickery here? To be honest, shooting through fabric has never crossed my mind.

    On another note, the setup for this concert would have absolutely thrilled me! The pictures you took are different from most concert photography I’ve seen. And I really like them! My favorite is the last shot showing the whole setup. I take pictures of speakers at events a lot, and you really have to look at the available light, and use it to your advantage to make the images more appealing.

  3. Kaneischa Johnson says

    Scott, mind if I steal a few of these photos and throw them on the Velour facebook page?

  4. ScottJarvie says

    Work it Kaneischa! Go right ahead!

  5. Eric Quinney says

    Once again you adapt to the situation and make it look like you had control of everything. Great pics in low light and great adaptation of the surroundings.

  6. Robbie Petersen says

    you have a great knack of being able to adapt to the situation. I, personally, have a hard time with that. You also experimented with the red fabric which I thought turned out really cool. It added a very soft light to the picture. The black and white ones with just the lead singer and the lightbulb were cool as well. Its nice to have a camera that can handle those low light situations, but its even more useful to be able to adapt and use flash to your advantage.

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