about this image
This band drove all the way down from South Carolina to shoot with me, so I wanted to be sure to deliver a final product that would make it worth their trip. Prior to the shoot we had a discussion around creative direction, and the band decided that they just wanted me to make them look as epic as possible. When I threw out the idea of including some smoke and brightly-colored lights, and they absolutely loved the concept. What you see above is the result.
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tools & gear used
In Photoshop I used a number of custom smoke brushes with scattering enabled to create all the "atmosphere", and the fact that the band members were lit with blue gels in the studio made the addition of artificial sidelights much easier (it helps to plan ahead!). Some additional contrast and detail were brought out with Topaz Adjust.
- Canon 5D Mark III
- Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Standard Zoom Lens
- Elinchrom Ranger Quadra Studio Strobes
- Rosco Bright Blue Gel 20x24
- Profoto 5' Octabank Softbox
- Avenger Light Stands
- Avenger Boom Arm with Counterweight