Like any photographer I should probably be at least processing and not writing a blog.
But I am gonna make a bit of time today. Each day this week I am gonna try and post some different stuff I have shot recently and ways I shoot it and any other technical tidbits I can throw at ya.
We headed out a couple weeks back to shoot some promo stuff for Jeff Logan’s new project. Who is Jeff Logan? Well I probably first really shot live images a few years ago of Jeff when he was playing Ottawa Bluesfest with Amanda Rheaume. I do know he plays with Country musician Brea Lawrenson. With that said, I also worked a bit on his charity event “Beards for Breast”, Jeff is raising money for Babes 4 Breast that is coming up Sunday October 19th at Bassline Station. OK that may not have been the best bio but you are intrigued now you’re so gonna look him up on Facebook, aren’t ya?
Make sure you check out Babes 4 Breasts. It was started out in Ottawa by a a couple of awesome musicians (Amanda Rheaume, Ana Miura, and others) to raise money for breast cancer awareness and research.
So we headed out September 24th: we were looking for a folky- classic rock kinda vibe, really an organic feel. Jeff wanted to shoot near his place…we headed out around 10am and the goal was to be done so Jeff could head back to the studio and be there for before 1. Not a lot of time but enough.
I think it is pretty interesting that all the outside shots of Jeff where taken between 9:52am and the last time my triggered fired was 11:36am. We did the images on O’Connor and around Flora Ave. It is pretty cool, I didn’t use any studio/flash this time around, nor did I use any reflectors. Straight ambient and for all the images, except the ones where Jeff is sitting on the curb and I really compressed the street scene, were shot on a Nikon 50mm F1.8 ~a lens that you can pick up at Henry’s for $149.99. Photographers get out and research if you wanna be a music photographer…most importantly be a fan of music and get to know the artist.
Have you seen what Henri Cartier-Bresson did with a 50mm lens with no flash?
I also think is interesting to share this is it gives solo artist an idea of what I produce for them. As well Corey J.Stone did make up, just what is needed to give a nice clean look. Whats is great about Corey is it gets rid of the different colour tones in the skin, brightens the eyes and gets the skin to all match.
That is what we produced with our 2hrs on a Wednesday morning with Jeff. With that said tho, we did meet up a few weeks prior and tool some shots, had some beer and learned where he wanted to go.
Check out some studio shots:
So that is what a well planned out Solo Artist promo shoot sorta gets ya. Depends on how much research and planning the client puts in. You need to know what you want and the image you want to portray. Have an idea where you’d wanna shoot. I am sure you have heard the phrase “LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION.” Plan it. I once saw a quote …I paraphrase …If you want to shoot a band and you only have an hour to shoot them spent 45mins in a bar with them and 15mins taking photos.
They are sized ready for web/print. You got up & downs (landscapes & portraits) and you get the idea of what kinda music he plays.
Do yourself a favour head out and check the Ottawa scene out, their is incredible talent in this town.
Thank you for reading. I don’t normally post this many from a shoot but I just love what we did with Jeff. He let us into his world, he shared and bit and I was lucky enough to take these images away.
Do your best to head out and see his next show October 19th 3-6pm Bassline Station
Enjoy the day!
All Images processed with Adobe Lightroom, Adobe PS CS6, VSCO Films and shot with Nikon D800
Give him a like on Facebook: Jasper Bridge
The guitar that is in the shoot is a handmade John McDonald, John makes guitars here in Ottawa. Also cool, John co-wrote “Keep A Fire” which was nominated for a 2014 JUNO for Best Aboriginal Album of the Year. Which is Amanda Rheaume’s disc that I was also lucky enough to get to work on.