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Portrait shoot – Svetlana

I had a great time doing a quick shoot around Coeur d’Alene with local model Svetlana. We started off by the lake and worked our way through the downtown area. I had a chance to set up some off camera lights at the end of the shoot for a a few photos that turned out pretty rad. Svetlana was awesome to work with! Looking forward to my next shoot with her!





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Let there be (stage) light!

I’ve shot several bar gigs, but this one was different. This one had light — lots of it.


See, typically bars are very dimly lit and the stage (often stageless) area the band plays is no exception. But when I shot The Rhythm Dawgs at the Eagles in downtown Coeur d’Alene it wasn’t this way — in fact, they brought their own lighting. They had two light stands with four high-powered lights a piece. That, paired with the eight stage lights behind the band provided more than ample lighting to get some great shots — something unusual for this sort of gig. I was actually shooting some at ISO 800 with shutter speeds as high as 1/640! Compare this with the Blue Scholars Show I shot last weekend where I was shooting at ISO 3200 and 1/50, praying against logic that I would get something in focus without motion blur.


Furthermore, one of their songs even featured a cowbell. Never before have I had a chance at a good cowbell photo.


For this gig I used my 16-35mm f/2.8 wide angle and 50mm f/1.4 lens for all of the photos. I left the 70-200 at home, partly because the lighting is usually so terrible that using that lens is out of the question, but also I’m able to get so close to the action at these sort of gigs that there’s no need for a telephoto lens. Plus, it’s best not to leave a $1,200 lens unguarded in a bar when not using it.


All-in-all I’m very pleased with the photos. Instead of trying to polish turds I was actually having a hard time editing down to the keepers because there were so many great shots. For this blog entry I’ve narrowed it down to my favorite 20 shots.


Please, musicians, take a hint from the rhythm dawgs — buy your own lights to bring to gigs! It makes you look much more professional and in the event you hire a photographer, the photos will in turn be of much better quality.







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