I know it’s been ages since I have posted an update. The upside to this is that it means I have just been way to busy to even think about posting updates, the downside is that I haven’t posted anything in a long time. As I right this update, I am editing a music video, just writing while clips render…..but, I really need to get something on here so I am multi tasking to the max!
About two or three weeks ago now, I had a booking to do some band photography for Norwich based band Kings and Crows. They had an idea for something on the beach involving one of the band members dogs, and I remembered one of the great promo photographs I had seen of Madness a while back and it gave me all sorts of ideas and inspiration. The day of the promo shoot, the weather could not have been any better. We met at Great Yarmouth (out on the Norfolk coast) and just shot away. We all clicked so well that the shot went really good, so good in fact that I was worried it had gone so well. Whenever I am a band photographer, I worry that I missed something when things go as good as they did this day. Thankfully though, it doesn’t look like I missed anything and the shots that we got turned out fantastic.
This shot is the main shot that I had a vision of in my head going into the promo shoot. I knew exactly how I wanted the end product to look like, I just wasn’t expecting the band to be so AWESOME in their role of the shoot. Every member was just up for getting into the shoot and the vision that I had for the finished product….and it’s them that make this shot awesome. The energy and emotion that they depict just make it. The great thing about this shot, and what probably helped each member really get into it, was that I shot each of them separately. This allowed me to select the best shot from each of them and put it together into one masterpiece! As a band photographer, I go about my shoots doing this quite often, but I also shoot them all together as well in case things don’t go as planned. Doing things like this gives me great flexibility, and it isn’t all that hard. It’s still shot out on location, just everything is done on a tripod so that all the shots are from the exact same distance, focal length, and lighting…and I think that is also key. This method allows me to ensure that each person is lit properly and they don’t cast weird shadows over one another, something that is very likely to happen when working with a group and only three lights. Luckily for me, everything went great!
This shot isn’t a composite like the first one. This was shot exactly as you see it and is another one of my favourites from the day. Again, the band were so good in taking my direction as the photographer and getting into their poses naturally without it looking posed, and this is important as the posing is what can make or break a photograph. For me, this image just portrays the band perfectly. It gives you a sense as to what kind of guys they are, and more importantly what kind of music they play. That is my main role as an editorial band photographer…to give the viewer that has never heard the band before an indication as to what they can expect when they listen to them. Hopefully I did a good job of that here (I think I did), but let me know what you think! I always love to hear feedback, so comment away!