Band promo: Messages Via Carrier Pigeon

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  1. guitarmy

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    A couple of shots from a session for a local metal band. Lemme know what you think!

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    I shoot bands, a lot. I have had my work used for promo shots as well as entire 10 surface CD jackets. For a promo shot, the labels want to see faces. And a promo shot should have a little of the performers personality show in the shot, even if it's an act. The first shot is OK, but I don't think it conveys anything about the performer. The second IMO has too much foreground, and lacks the face and personality aspect. Like I said, JMHO. An indy label might use them, but I think a major/minor label would want them re-shot.
     
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    No. 1 looks like a garage mechanic and 2 I agree with the above poster, promo shots are supposed to promote the artist/product not obscure them. H
     
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    Fair enough. Here's another from the shoot.

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    I love the second frame as is. I think it is important to throw away our conventional wisdom these days.

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    Does the name of the band come into play with the grease monkey look you have created? If not, not sure it works for me.
     
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    No the band name doesn't come into play. But their sound sort of does. They're a super heavy band. Lots of dirty tones. Generally not the kind of music that's easily received by the general public. So I wanted to show that by taking the opposite of most band shots you see nowadays - guys with 300 dollar jeans, designer shirts and haircuts worth more than my car payments. I see so many band shots that are super clean, it bothers me. So this is what came of that.
     
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    I am new here and I hope you like my approach on a cover for the band. [​IMG]
     
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    You could achieve a similar effect without softening the photo so much that it looks out of focus. Perhaps a Dave Hill type post-processing.
     
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    meaby like this? [​IMG]
     
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    Not a huge fan of the edits. Seems like you pushed the highlights past their limit, and the swirls don't really do it for me. Seems like more of a graphic design decision than a photographic decision, anyway.
     
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    I would re-shoot if possible. The guy second from the left just looks too damned goofy.
     

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