Musician: Gary Colmey Promo Shoot

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So, I’m finally getting around to blogging this promo shoot from a few months back.  This is Gary Colmey, one of central New York’s finest musicians and owner of Gary’s Music in Rome, NY.  He needed some promo images for his new act, Solo Gary!  Which is so cool because here’s a guy who for years had played with huge bands at huge venues and is now choosing to go out on his own with a more intimate repertoire of tunes, played all by himself at small clubs.  If you’re in the area, check him out!

I brought a small lighting rig of 2 wireless strobes and a soft box.

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For the shot above, I wanted to create the feeling of being on stage, even though we were in Gary’s music studio with no big lights (and no screaming fans).  On stage there is mixed lighting, mixed light temperatures, and mixed quality of light; i.e. some light is harsh, some is soft.  Also, light is often coming from several directions.   So I set up my main light to Gary’s right; a 32″ soft box  with a Nikon SB-800 strobe inside.  I first set my exposure to capture Gary’s ambient stage lights behind him, then adjusted my flash power.  The warm light coming from his left is an SB-600 with a warm gel attached.  This strobe I set to fire hotter than a typical rim light would be in order to simulate the sometimes overly-hot concert lights.  See the lighting diagram below for a visual on how this was achieved.

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Something to fix next time… my Angle of Incidence. The soft box is reflected in Gary’s glasses, I couldn’t get that wide an angle for this shot due to the small size of the studio, but it doesn’t kill the picture,  just annoys you once you notice it!

Below are several more image from this shoot, some with slightly different lighting setups and/or processing.  Check out Gary’s site, and his music store where I grew up playing guitars and salivating over my new piece of music gear.  I’m still a musician in my other life.

Christian Arthur Photography | Vermont Portrait Wedding Photographer

Christian Arthur Photography | Vermont Portrait Wedding Photographer

Christian Arthur Photography | Vermont Portrait Wedding Photographer

Christian Arthur Photography | Vermont Portrait Wedding Photographer

This is a photoshop process called “radial blur”. Trippy.

Christian Arthur Photography | Vermont Portrait Wedding Photographer

Christian Arthur Photography | Vermont Portrait Wedding Photographer

Christian Arthur Photography | Vermont Portrait Wedding Photographer

— Posted on October 3, 2011 at 11:20 am

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