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    Fri, 17 Feb 2012 12:45:42

    Take Aim With Nikon Photographer Robert Knight - He's been shooting since 1968

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    • Led Zeppelin - NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 20: (L-R) Michael Jackson's Red Military Jacket from 1984; Elvis Presley's cream-white and red speckled soft wool jacket from early 1950; Sly Stone's black leather studded and fringed stage vest; Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin's white satin jacket from 1970 and Elvis Presley's red button-down shirt worn at 1964's film 'Kissin' Cousins' shown at the press preview 'A Rock & Roll History: Presley To Punk' at Sotheby's on June 20, 2014 in New York City.
    • Led Zeppelin - NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 20: Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin's white satin jacket circa mid 1970 shown at the press preview 'A Rock & Roll History: Presley To Punk' at Sotheby's on June 20, 2014 in New York City.
    • Led Zeppelin - NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 20: (L-R) Michael Jackson's Red Military Jacket from 1984; Elvis Presley's cream-white and red speckled soft wool jacket from early 1950, Sly Stone's black leather studded and fringed stage vest,Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin's white satin jacket from 1970 and Elvis Presley's red button-down shirt worn at 1964's film 'Kissin' Cousins' shown at the press preview 'A Rock & Roll History: Presley To Punk' at Sotheby's on June 20, 2014 in New York City.

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    Working since 1968, Nikon professional photographer Robert Knight has had the opportunity to work with music legends including Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones and recently more modern artists including John Mayer, Sick Puppies and Slash. So he has a sick resume and portfolio and that's why, when offered the chance, we had to engage him in Take Aim Q+A versus Amy Sciarretto. He shoots photos. We shoot questions... over to him!

    His history is impressive, spanning 40 years, 6,000 Rock Stars and 200,000 photographs. Clearly, he is so comfortable (and talented) behind the lens of his Nikon D3.

    Who is your favorite subject to have shot and why? Do you have an all time favorite photo you've taken?
    Jeff Beck by far has been my favorite rocker to shoot. I have been shooting Jeff for over 44 years! He is the world's best guitar player and defined the coolness of the guitar pose that all others seem to have borrowed. Jeff with his armed raised high in the air has to be one of my favorites.

    If you were not taking photos, you would be...?
    ...Looking for the next great guitar player. i am now working with 20 of the top rising young guitar players helping them get exposure, Fender has helped me to go around the world to look for them I am building a web site which will be sort of clearing house for them called The Brotherhood of the Guitar.

    What are two things that make a great, unforgettable shot?

    I think composition is so important, getting to the heart or soul of who you are shooting. B/W is sometimes much harder as people sometimes think if something is colorful it's great. When you shoot someone like Mick Jagger everyone is thinking it's cool because he is in the shot, if it's your brother in law that you shooting it is still a great shot from a tech point of view.

    Favorite piece of equipment + gear and why?
    Nikon D3, I shoot a lot of small clubs where the lighting is sub standard, with the high ISO in my D3 I am able to get shoots where most cameras can't, with the D4 coming online soon with the 200,000 plus ISO I can shoot in the worst possible place and still get great concert shots. I love working in the 3200 ISO range just for starters at most concerts.

    Any other hobbies or skills you want to discuss?
    My hobby if you can call it that is the paranormal or paramystical, I have traveled around the world filming or taking with the top people in this field. I have photographed most of the world's most mysterious places. It does appear I might be doing a TV series soon about rock stars and the paramystical.

    Are you going to check out Robert Knight's shots?

    —Amy Sciarretto
    02.17.12



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