about this image

This party band regularly plays venues all over Florida, so they wanted a vibrant, exciting promotional image that would be able to match the energy of their live show. We originally considered doing the shoot on an actual stage, but the logistics of getting all the lighting and smoke to do exactly what we wanted proved too challenging.

So since I like to think that I'm a pretty good sport, I decided to accept the challenge of creating everything entirely from scratch using only Photoshop. I'd never attempted this sort of image before, but I'm pretty happy with the way the group seems to be jumping right out of the frame. At the end of the day, my clients are hiring me to create images with maximum visual impact, and I think we ended up in a pretty good place with this one.

strobist info

To emulate real stage lights (for compositing purposes), I boomed an Elinchrom Ranger Quadra way up high and behind the group, and then I placed a 60" umbrella on the ground with a Canon speedlite inside for key.

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tools & gear used

In Photoshop, lots of custom smoke brushes were used around the edge of the frame to create the illusion of real smoke/fog, and then I used Knoll Light Factory to create beams of light shining through it. Topaz Adjust was used for additional punch and contrast.

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