One of the benefits of being a musician is you always know other folks who need promo images for some recording project or tour or something. That comes in handy when you need to practice your photo composition skills. It also helps when your dad is in the band…
Big Poppa & The Shuffle Brothers and I met in a church where one of the guys is the music pastor. I recently borrowed some great off-camera slave flashes (Alien Bees) to practice so I’m comfortable using it on a wedding job I just landed (YAY!!). We left the ambient lighting low to create some nice deep shadows to try to mask the churchyness.
These first images are candid. I was trying to get my white balance settings just right for the colors & lights around the room. These guys genuinely like each other and just sat around “jawin'”.
To create these last images, I shot from the church’s balcony. The ground floor was oddly painted concrete. It had this strange texture that is really unattractive in person, but with the right color balance and bokeh, I think it came out looking like an expensive painted backdrop (score!).
I arranged & rotated the guys like you’ll see because their graphic artist requested at least one image of each of them in the center. This was a great way to get their best faces (and no double chins … which equals less Photoshop). General image stats:
Lens: EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM
1/200 (candids), 1/320 (posed) at f4.0
The off-camera flashes pretty much sat around 1/32 strength.