Getting the shot
If you’ve been looking for an excuse to get that fish-eye lens in action, band photography is as good a place as any to put it to use.
By staggering the positions of the band members you can give your band promo shots real depth, as well as contrasting them with an interesting background.
This is a favourite technique of professional photographers, but be wary of over-using a fish-eye lens, or the shoot (and your portfolio) may feel too one-paced and gimmicky. Of course, you don’t have to use a fish-eye – an ultra-wide or wide-angle lens can still give you loads of frame-filling impact.
Another shot that doesn’t look out of place in a band’s portfolio is the line-up picture. It’s one of the easiest and least creative photos of all, yet still the most common image used to publicise a group.
Simply get the band members to stand next to each other facing you and there you have it! The choice of background can sometimes make or break this shot, as well as the body language and interaction between the musicians.
Depending on their experience in front of the camera, you may have to provide anything from a gentle nudge to do something photo-worthy, to complete direction of how to stand, pose and look.
Try getting them to ignore the camera and chat and laugh with each other. Stand them in front of an urban setting, such as a brick wall, shop front shutters or graffiti to give your image an artistic feel.
Getting down to ground level and shooting up with an ultra wide-angle is a great way of creating perspective with impact in your band photography. Get closer to your subject’s feet in order to create some depth.
Finally, why not try shooting individual portraits and combining them to make a montage? It’s a simple way of creating a striking group shot.
PAGE 1: How to find bands to photograph
PAGE 2: What you need for band photography
PAGE 3: Getting the shot
PAGE 4: Best camera settings for promotional band photography
PAGE 5: How much to charge for your band photography