As promised here’s a selection of images along with some B.T.S. (Behind the Scenes) bits n’ bobs from a recent ‘promo’ photo shoot with the incredibly talented Soul R&B Singer, Byron Gold [Link]…
I first spoke with Byron a few months back when he got in touch about some promotional shots and having checked out his music I was really looking forward to it.
Sure enough when it came to the day of the photo shoot the iPhone was plugged into the stereo system and Byron’s music was blasting out but even better than that Byron would just start singing and well, WOW what a voice!!!
I’ll always make a point of meeting up with clients at least a couple of times before a photo shoot so that we can get to know each other a bit better and also get much more of an understanding of exactly what kind of feel they’re looking for in the photographs. I find this goes a long way to making the time together in the studio much more productive but another thing I’ll always do that helps a great deal is put together a ‘Moodboard’.
I’ve mentioned this before I know but I find it so incredibly helpful and would encourage everyone to do it. I make a point of ‘tasking’ my clients to collect images that they see, be they in magazines, on the web or wherever, but pictures that have the kind of feel that they’re after and then send them over to me on an email.
Now I have an iPad so I use the…wait for it…’Moodboard‘ App [Link] to put all these pictures together in one place and then straight away I can start building up a picture of what it is they’re aiming for…
As it happens I never actually got the chance to meet up with Byron before the photo shoot although we did speak several times on the phone, but this again proves to me how important it is that I create these Moodboards.
Oh, one other thing I’ll always encourage is for the client to being along some props because not only do they add some interest into the pictures but they also give the client something to hold onto and interact with which in turn gets rid of that ‘What shall I do with my hands?’ feeling…
Lighting Set Up
For this shoot I positioned Byron in front of a black background and set up 3 lights: 2 rim lights and one light to the front which swapped out between a Beauty Dish with Honeycomb Grid and a Medium Octa. As we went through the shoot there would be times when I had all 3 lights on Byron but then sometimes maybe just the one; turning one light off here and one light off there can give a limitless number of looks from just the one set up…
As there was no compositing or other effects being applied to this series of images there was very little editing in Photoshop required other than the usual steps I take, such as:
- White Balance
- Double RAW Conversion
- Skin Contrast
- Convert to Black & White (Reduce opacity of layer to 25%)
Byron Gold on the Web
It was an absolute pleasure working with Byron during this shoot; an incredibly talented musician, singer, songwriter and one heck of a nice guy…
Be sure to head on over to Byron’s Facebook and YouTube pages where you’ll find a number of videos and more samples of his music…
As always if you have any questions or comments then please feel free to make use of the comments section below, and while you’re there it would be great if you could leave some words for Byron…a name I get the feeling we’re going to be hearing a lot more in the future.
Have a great weekend and I’ll catch you back here in a few days,
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