Boston Manor | Kerrang Fresh Blood | Issue 1612

Boston Manor for Kerrang!


One of the things I became known for when I first started taking photos for a living was my ability to shoot absolutely anywhere and still provide quality images with great lighting.  This is partly down to the fact that I have never really been a “natural light” photographer.  I always wanted to be in complete control of the lighting and I purchased a variety of different lights throughout the years that allowed me to do just this on any location I was shooting.


When I got the brief for the Boston Manor shoot from Kerrang, I was really excited.  It had been a long time since I had done a shoot out on location with some sky in it.  Yeah, I had done plenty of outdoors / on location shoots for Kerrang before such as Counting Days and High Hopes, but I hadn’t done any shoots at all out in the open with a lot of sky in quite some time.  This was something I used to do all the time, and besides being known for my lighting, I also had a reputation for the skies in my photos.  Quite often people would think I had replaced the skies in my photos, but this was most often not the case.  My dramatic skies were down to knowing what I was trying to achieve when I was shooting…even a grey, dull looking sky, has some texture to it…you just need to know how to photograph it to get that texture out.


Anyways, I digress because on the day of the Boston Manor shoot dull, grey skies were certainly not an issue.  In fact, the conditions I was shooting in were very challenging for any photographer.  It was cold, it was windy, and it was VERY sunny!  One of the things you don’t want to do when photographing people in the sun (especially when it’s high and bright) is have them looking towards the sun.  This results in squinty photos, and no one wants that!  So you position the sun behind them and light them from the front…but the sun is a very powerful light source (who’d have thunk it?) and over powering it can be tricky!  But, with some filters and strong lights it can be done.  The result is the photo you see below….






The Brief:


The idea behind this shoot of Boston Manor was to highlight their trusty van Big Red.  Big Red has been the bands main mode of transport for a long time.  It has seen them through most of their tours, both with and without incident….but it is just as much a part of the band as the band members themselves.  So, we wanted to make sure Big Red was in the photo and try to capture a photo that showed just how important Big Red was to the band and the above photo was the result!


Below is a tear sheet from the actually Fresh Blood article.  I wanted to include this because I have mentioned in previous posts that I usually always shoot Fresh Blood features portrait orientated because of the page layout.  But, with this shoot it wasn’t possible.  Well, it’s not that it wasn’t possible, but the photos lost a lot of impact being shot portrait orientated.  So I shot it landscape and as you can see in the tear sheet Sophie at Kerrang did an amazing job of making it look great on the page!




The Equipment:


As I mentioned above, I always bring lights with me and this shoot I used 1 Elinchrom Quadra shot through a large octobox and I then used the sun as a rim light.  My camera was my Nikon D800e using my 24-70mm 2.8 lens.  I then put a 4 stop ND filter on the lens to help me combat the bright sun light.


The Band:


Boston Manor – melodic pop punk that rocks.  Be sure to check them out here.


The Selfie:


As always, I try to get a selfie with everyone that I photograph.  Obviously, when the band consists of 5 guys a selfie isn’t very practical.  So this isn’t technically a selfie, but who’s keeping score?  😀