Category: Music

Blues band location photography

Crossfire Blues Band location photography.  Rob, the least guitarist for the band needed a photo of the current lineup of the band.  We scheduled an evening shoot not to be too far from Rob’s office.  I scouted locations in the Waterford, MI area that I thought would work.  The day started overcast and the forecast was supposed to stay overcast.  I found this white painted brick wall at a local carwash, Forsters Auto Wash on Dixie Hwy.  I went in and asked for permission to shoot on their property and they kindly agreed.

I met Rob and the band made evening and of course the weather had changed, it was sunny.  I had originally planned to use a strobe as my key light and use the ambient light is fill.  As with any band location photography, I had to change to using the sun as key and strobes is fill light. I used a Alien Bee 1600 and their lithium battery so ai had plenty of light and the AC power to run it.

I had the band lineup against the brick wall with a little bit of space between them and shot a few versions. I then asked Rob to take a couple steps forward and the next couple band members to take one step forward to make the classic flying V. I have the band change their poses throughout.  We did some smiling and some looking tough and serious.  In editing I made some corrections for parallax. I got a web page of all the images to Rob and we chose a couple favorites.  I made a color and black and white version of each.  The band will use the images for social media, entries into festivals and other promotions.

You can see a music video we did last year here – Cross Fire Blues Band Music Video

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The Crossfire Blues Band Music Video

This is the The Crossfire Blues Band Music Video, Couldn’t Stand the Weather.
My accountant, yes accountant approached me after I talked about video at a local networking meeting and asked if I would be interested in shooting a music video.  Yes was the answer.   We talked about style and location and he came up with a location of a local church.  I did not know what to expect and brought plenty of lights.  I was pleased to find a very modern church with an advanced light and sound set up. The lighting was already blue, all I had to do was put a little accent light on the drummer and keyboards to balance the lighting.

The band was lypsyncing to an already recorded final song and the church sound technician was able to play the song back multiple times for the various takes.  We ended up doing about 6 different takes for a variety of wide shots, closeups, pans and pulls.  I even had two cameras running for most of the takes.

Editing was pretty straight forward.  I imported everything into FCPX and made a multicam file.  I made a rough cut of the song and the drummer came to the studio  to help edit the final.  He had me cutting to different scene about 3 times more than my initial edit.  It is much better his way.  I finalized the video and sent it to them in a variety of sizes and formats. I understand the music video deserves partial credit fo getting the band into a couple music festivals this summer.  Yay!