I'm so addicted to asking questions. any tips for a dramatic band photo shoot?

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  1. rockandrowland

    rockandrowland TPF Noob!

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    Gah I just wrote a full on explanation of this... and totally posted as a reply in another thread, then copied and deleted it... but i guess i didn't hit the ctrl+v completely... and there is nothing copied.

    So here we go again.

    I am in a band. (snickers) Yeah... another washed up rock star? Yes.
    We're a rock/powerpop group... we play music that sounds like pretty much what is popular right now. (although I do think I've been playing the style longer)
    Anyways. I need to take some photos of each individual member... and it seems like they come out really... over the top.
    I want them to be cool and dramatic, as I need good photos for the artwork for a cd we have in production right now.
    So I was wondering if I could get some tips on the shoot and also some PP. Just some general ideas and tips before we do the thing.
    Here is an example of one I took that was really really over-the-top attacked in Photoshop because it looked so emo, I thought I'd just put it over the edge. Also... I was going through a filter phase; I also had just learned to adjust levels... taken with a sony... but I now have a brand new Xsi and a 18-55mm IS.
    All help greatly appreciated!!!

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  2. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    If you want dramatic...use something besides on-camera flash for lighting.
     
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    of course. I plan on using the sun as my flash.
    I am thinking about taking them outside during the day and in a cool old building on my friend's parents' ranch.
    But I mean as far as good portrait techniques and some standard pp practices for these kind of pictures. (does my question even make sense? is there any such thing?)
     
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    don't use a brick wall, train tracks as a backdrop for starters... :)
     
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    rockandrowland TPF Noob!

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    fair enough! :)
    ps i saw your lp on flickr... nice!! :]
     
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    Thanks! :D
     
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    bigtwinky No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Why not? Because its widely overdone?
     
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