Sometimes before a full-fledged shoot, I'll do a test shoot with a band as an introduction and to develop a rapport with the client. Such was the case when I met up with the British band Deluka on their new turf in Brooklyn earlier this month.
For this “test” shoot, the goal was to work with the band to quickly develop a few different looks and generally just spend some time with the band. This was all in prep for returning two weeks later for the full, styled shoot. We had a blast, and any photo shoot that ends in mojitos is alright by me.
One aesthetic the label was interested for this shoot was isolation of the singer, Ellie, which I achieved through shooting with a wide aperture for a very shallow depth of field. In this shot, the Nikon 85mm f/1.4 shot at f/2 worked beautifully.
For lighting, since we were keeping a very mobile setup (and shot in almost half a dozen locations, including the middle of the street), I rocked Nikon speedlights for this set. The keylight was the Nikon SB-900, which I used in your favorite DIY beauty Dish, triggered via Pocketwizards.
We shot around sunset, and the ability to massively dial down the power of the speedlights was perfect for shooting in the waning light.