Discussion in 'Commercial/Product photography' started by guitarmy, Oct 21, 2007.
A couple of shots from a session for a local metal band. Lemme know what you think!
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.
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
Fair enough. Here's another from the shoot.
I love the second frame as is. I think it is important to throw away our conventional wisdom these days.
Love & Bass
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.
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.
I am new here and I hope you like my approach on a cover for the band.
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.
meaby like this?
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.
I would re-shoot if possible. The guy second from the left just looks too damned goofy.
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