about this image
This band has made quite a name for themselves on the Vans Warped Tour, and prior to their first appearance a few years ago, they came to me looking for some eye-catching promos to help them attract as much attention as possible. So I made arrangements to do the shoot at Kelby Studios here in Tampa, FL, and off we went.
Since I happened to be pretty good friends with these guys, I was already quite familiar with their high-energy stage persona and quirky personalities, and I wanted to be sure to capture those elements in their promos. When the band got this wacky idea of emulating the promotional posters for one of their favorite TV shows, "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia", I knew it was a perfect fit. What you see above was the result.
tools & gear used
Knowing that this image would ultimately appear on the Vans Warped Tour home page right alongside countless other professionally-shot promos, I made sure to give it very careful treatment in Photoshop-- lots of manual dodging and burning, several contrast and sharpening layers (including one created with Topaz Adjust), and a bright blue background created with the Radial Gradient tool.
- Canon 5D Mark III
- Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Standard Zoom Lens
- Elinchrom Ranger Quadra Studio Strobes
- Profoto 5' Octabank Softbox
- Westcott 42" x 18" Strip Softboxes
- Westcott 40-Degree Egg Crate Grid for 42" x 18" Strip Softboxes
- Avenger Light Stands
- Avenger Boom Arm with Counterweight