Prolong The Agony

January 20, 2014

This weekend I photographed Prolong The Agony. A local band from around Portsmouth who are doing great! I always enjoy working with these guys.

So what was the brief? Well they wanted me to shoot them sat on a sofa. Luckily one of the band member's lived in a great house where we could shoot this. Big wooden floors and plain walls. It was a simple location so I opted for simple lighting.

Keeping it to just one 24" Softbox, high, overhead and slightly in front on a boom. This gave it a gritty look I was after.

The setup

Originally my lens choice was my trusty 18-50mm but it just wasn't giving it the right look for me. So I soon changed that for the 10-17mm fisheye which really set the photo's off the way I wanted. I did do some lens correction in Lightroom for some of the more extreme fisheye shots. Man I love Lightroom lol.

Changing to the fisheye did however give me a little problem. Now the light was in the shot! Dammit! First off I though it looked kind of cool with it in and was going to leave it. However the point of this shoot was for promotional material so thought it'd be best out of the picture. I knew it could take this out pretty easy in Photoshop. So that's what I did :)

Spot the difference?

Before/After

As you can see it wasn't too much of a problem taking the light out. I think it looks great. They have plenty of space above so they can add a logo, tour dates etc. The boy's are more than happy and that's what's important.

Here's my favourite shot from it all:

My final thoughts. Is there anything I could've done better? Yeah course. I could've stuck a reflector below to fill in some light on their eyes as they'e a little dark. But hey they're a metal band and wanna look evil...right?

Cheers!

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