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Using flash in a pinch
I met up with Viking hardcore metal band Withering Earth after their concert to take some posed photographs. Agåin, the big question is “Where should be go?” We ended up shooting some photos in the parking lot behind the venue. Here are a couple of photos with flash which highlights the faces of the band but leaves the background dark. For a metal band black and white photos, especially with clarification, give a nice grungy look. Muted or “earthy” colors also seemed appropriate for the band since they have a metal/folklore appearance.
The photos of Swedish metal band Fearless were taken outside of a venue which just happened to be next door to an Army Navy suppply store. There was a wonderful jeep which served as a perfect backdrop or prop for the band, which describes their genre as “hillbilly metal”. I had the guys both stand and sit on the jeep at various levels to produce a pleasing composition. Items to keep in mind:
Eyes staring into the camera show intensity
Clinched fists show power and strength with metal bands (as do folded arms)
Show symmetry with composition (heights) or complete asymmetry for pleasing composition.
People feel more comfortable and relaxed when leaning on a wall or object
Again, be aware of hand placement
Locations for shooting bands after gigs are often less than ideal but that does not mean the photos cannot be fresh, interesting, or exciting. Look to see what is around the vicinity (try to scope before the concert, if possible). Look for an interesting back-drop, bench, wall or picnic table for sitting or leaning. If lighting is too dark, push up the flash bulb. Concert photographers often forget the flash is on the camera because we are forbidden to use them during photo pit shoots. It is the #1 Rule–No Flash! I can always tell an amateur by the use of the flash.