How I got the shot: Primordial

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The Couch

The story behind this photo is more or less exactly the same as with the previously featured Nifelheim shot. Same year, same festival – hell, even the same room! Primordial being a very different band, I did approach the look a bit differently. I stepped back and used the 24-70mm instead of an ultra wide-angle. I had even less time with Primordial, so I wanted to use the most versatile lens in my kit, as there was no time to change around lenses. I got a friend to stand on the couch holding an Ezybox with a 580EX II (with a tungsten gel) at camera right and triggered it with the wireless transmitter. The whole thing was done in less than two minutes, right before the band was about to play.

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RAW conversion

In Photoshop

EXIF: Canon 5D Mark III with Canon 24-70mm, 580EX II (+ tungsten gel) and Ezybox 40×40 at 46mm, ISO 320, f/8, 1/80 sec and 0 EV


The initial editing of this photo in ACR, was just getting some contrast (and, of course, turning it black&white) and brightening their faces some with the adjustment brush. The real work here was done in Photoshop. After a little dodging and burning, I used this technique to mask the band out from the background and put them on a completely black background (I also replaced one of the guitarists face with one from another shot, as the smirk didn’t work with the tone I was going for). Then I used the Photoshop plugin Exposure 6 by Alien Skin to add the texture. Lastly, I added some noise to give the photo a more gritty feel.

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