Prequel to the Sequel

“Recent” band shoots

Posted in Bands, Personal by brmeyer3 on 02/22/2011

Here are my two most recent band shoots. I’m starting to like what I am doing with my band promos editing wise, and I think I’ve come a long way since I started. But I need to become a lot better and flushing out ideas and concepts for these shoots.

The first was Rosaline and I shot them back in November. Ideas were short between us and we were running out of sunlight, so we just drove to a nearby forest preserve, hiked through a ton of dead reeds, and knocked
out a couple shots.

In January my buddies in Admiral of Black contacted me to take some shots of them for their upcoming album. They talked to their local watering hole and got approved to shoot inside the bar before it opened. I was pretty pleased to hear that because they wanted to do a more of a narrative shot, rather then them posing (which we still did anyways). The guys also had an old Cadillac from the 80’s that they had painted flat back (it looked pretty bad ass) and wanted to incorporate that into some shots too.

*All images copyright Brad Meyer

Recent Band Photos

Posted in Bands, Personal by brmeyer3 on 07/12/2010

Here is an update from shoots I’ve had the past 2 weekends. I think I’m going to start sharing my lighting set ups for all of my strobed stuff, and set up shots and before/afters. All of which will be included in this post.

I drove up to Chicago to shoot Forever Never Lasts. They didn’t have a location in mind when I got there, and I was interested in this red wall right outside where one of the guys lives. They were hesitant, and we ended up shooting in alley right behind their apartment. This was my first band shoot with all of my new stuff, which was a boomed B800 into a beauty dish over the guys.

The next day I drove all the way up to Wheeling to shoot All But A Memory. They wanted to shoot in their practice space with smoke behind them. I didn’t execute shooting the fog like how I imagined, which was very contrasty. I think this was due to the whole room filling up and becoming hazy really fast. We had to open the door and blow all the smoke out with a fan every couple of minutes. It was also above 90 degrees outside and in the space, which meant all of us wanted to finish up as quickly as possible before we had heatstrokes, so I didn’t have a chance to really fine tune my lights perfectly.

I boomed my B800 into a softbox directly in the center of the guys and had my old Genesis 200 strobe in the back firing at me to light up the smoke. For their individual shots I had the softbox boomed again, and had 2 direct 430ex’s behind them on either side as rim lights and to illuminate the smoke.

They also wanted me to take a portrait of a girl that is going to be used as their main artwork for their new myspace layout. This was something I’m used too but was excited to do it because its something different for me. I’m really happy with how it came out and I really got into post-processing it, touching up her skin and dodging and burning. This was shot with my B800 into a softbox camera right, and a 430ex behind her camera left as a hair light.

Yesterday I drove up to Chicago to shoot The Fight Night. They wanted to shoot on the lake right next to the Shedd Aquarium and have the skyline as the background. Thankfully we didn’t get hassled by the police or any security people. We planned to shoot around noon, which I was nervous about because I was afraid the sun was going to be at full blast and make lighting difficult. It turned out to have some cool cloud coverage, which allowed me to shoot over the sun, creating a darker sky. I was really happy with the end result, and spent a lot of time processing them, and working on my dodging and burning skills.

Boomed B800 into a socked beauty dish over head.

After

Before

*All images copyright Brad Meyer

Reunion Concert

Posted in Bands, Personal by brmeyer3 on 01/05/2010

Tonight I went out with a couple friends to The Unicorn Project reunion concert. We all wanted to go because back in high school TUP always played shows with Cryptic Union (RIP) and I saw them all of the time and they always put on a good show. Tonight was no exception, the show was fantastic and there was a ton of people there to support them. Hopefully they continue to perform after this. Almost all of my photos are B+W because the lighting was either a super ugly red or green.

*All images copyright Brad Meyer