about this image

Created for a Christian hard rock band out of the South Florida area, this is one of my favorite composites that I've had the pleasure of working on. It took a bit of time and effort to get each band member into an interesting pose, and get the spacing between them just right, but it ended up being totally worth it.

Normally for composites involving several band members, I almost always have to pull one or more subjects from different frames, because it's really tough to capture a single frame where everyone's face and body position are perfect. However, in this case we were pretty fortunate.

strobist info

Lit with three Elinchrom Ranger Quadra strobes, two of which were placed on either side of the group in 42x18 gridded softboxes for rim, and one boomed overhead inside a 60" octabank as key. The rim lights were set to approximately 2 stops hotter than the key.

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tools & gear used

Retouching on this shot took around 20 hours in Photoshop over about a week's time, as there were several different permutations that it went through before everything really started to come together. The smoke was created using custom brushes, and the skyline came from Fotolia. I believe I may have also sneaked a Topaz Adjust layer in there to finish things up and bring out some additional detail.

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