View Full Version : The drummer

08-09-2010, 02:44 PM
Andrew, loves playing on my drum kit, so it seemed like an ideal way to get him to sit still(ish) on a stool while I could have a play with some more lighting. I think this is my favourite shot out of the ones I got.

08-10-2010, 08:27 PM
Love the capture of the expression, so full of life, and the processing is excellent. Well done Richard.

08-10-2010, 09:19 PM
print, frame and hang it!!:highfive:

08-10-2010, 10:13 PM
That is fabulous! What an expression! Very Norman Rockwellish in spirit and style.

08-11-2010, 07:55 AM
Fantastic expression on his face. Love this one. :thumbup::thumbup:

Maybe you've covered this before but you always have a great solid background. Are you shooting in a studio?

08-11-2010, 04:00 PM
Thanks guys,

The set-up is a large 5 in 1 reflector (white side facing camera) hanging on an old mic stand. I then have 1 flash lighting the reflector, and another 2 flashes with umbrella lighting Andrew from the front.

It's similar to this lighting I used for unplugged (http://www.photography.ca/Forums/f13/august-2010-photography-assignment-minimalism-10962-3.html#post77468):


but the reflector hung on the mic stand, and the umbrella's pulled back a bit.

I would love to get some seamless paper at some point and have ago at doing more than just a head and shoulders shot.

08-12-2010, 01:25 PM
Thanks for the lighting setup Richard - It will be useful to many.

Seamless paper is a great buy. I bought a long roll (12 feet wide and 30 feet long i believe) a coupla years back and I believe it was only 60ish dollars.

You'll then need a long pole ;), lol.....(actually I STILL use the heavy shower curtain rod that I constructed 15 years ago) and that goes into the roll.

Then you need 2 lightstands each equipped with a super-clamp (to hold the pole).http://www.photography.ca/wp-content/uploads/photo-podcast-35-image1.jpg
The superclamp is essential and is about 25-30 dollars each.

cute drumming shot Richard, love the expression!
In terms of critique, I find the skin tones a bit red here...and the hand, ya cut through your boy's right hand. Eyes could also be a wee bit sharper.....still - very cute just the way it is. Hope that helps.

Just in case people are interested in accessories (which make your life SO much easier)... here's a link to a podcast with several links to the accessories in the shownotes. http://www.photography.ca/blog/2008/01/14/clamps-stands-arms-and-adapters-photography-podcast-35/

08-14-2010, 08:07 AM
well made Richard