|Singer Yael Claire|
As it happened I was free on the two days of the shoot, so I took my Canon 60D along and ended up doing the lighting, some of the stop-motion animation and production stills.
I'll probably post something about the effects and animation work later as we haven't gotten very far yet. The big downside to doing things on the cheap/free is that everything takes forever since people are busy with their own work.
But the lighting was interesting. It's been a few years since I've lit anything, and I certainly haven't done anything this complex before. I've been reading up on lighting for photography lately, and can recommend Light, Science and Magic as an excellent, if perhaps somewhat technical book on the subject.
You can see a selection of my stills on flickr:
|Charlie on guitar.|
Anyway, the softbox is 1-2m away from the performers, and we had 2 Arri 300w lamps on either side to light up all the hair. Plus a 2kw blonde at the back for the drum kit. Unfortunately I don't have a wide picture of the whole setup. I'll make sure to do that if I do this again.
All the stills were taken with my Canon 85mm f/1.8, all at 400 ISO, 1/400 shutter and f/1.8. I quickly found I had to shoot on manual, since any kind of automation gave widely varying exposures with all the extreme contrast on the set. It was pretty tricky to get the focus right, often there was hair in the foreground which the camera kept focusing on, and depth of field very narrow with the aperture fully open.
The 85mm 1.8 has a tendency towards chromatic aberration especially when wide open, but in this case I didn't want to go over 400 ISO, and I needed a relatively fast shutter to try and freeze the action, since the band was moving around a lot.
Next weekend I'm shooting the cover for the album. I've bought a couple of softboxes myself this week so it will be an interesting challenge!