I caught up with the UK’s Pint Shot Riot mid-way through their 4-day/3-gig musical assault on New York City. These portraits were taken in The Studio at Webster Hall just a few minutes before the band went on. They look good big so click to see them larger.
The lead shot was taken with the Nikon D3 and the 50mm f/1.8 using ambient light only. The room was lit by an overhead fixture and a single tungsten floor lamp that provided a nice edge light on Rob, the band’s lead guitarist. I would have loved another lamp for an even edge light on the right side of the image, but when you’ve only got a few minutes, you make due with what’s at hand. More photos and notes after the break.
I usual favor color photography and only move to black and white when the color actually gets in the way. The original version of this photo has a lot going for it in terms of the red velvet chair and the purple wall, but the ambient light was simply too warm for my tastes. The shot was exposed for the light coming from the floor lamp and augmented with an amber gelled SB-900 on-camera fired over my right shoulder to fill in the shadows. Final conversion to black and white was done in Photoshop.