For the last month and a half, I've been asking myself, "How can I expand my photography beyond the concert stage?" Ever since I got hooked into shooting shows, I've been steadily following two of my favorite photographers, Todd Owyoung and Ross Halfin – picking up as much valuable knowledge I can wrap my head around. I noticed in addition to their 'Aw-inspiration' concert coverage, they also get from time-to-time a more personal look into the artist. So right there, I decided it be wise to spend time with some of the local talent and build the second part of my portfolio with some professional promo shots.
This is Lindon So. He's the lead guitarist for The Scenic Route, a band right here from Canton, Ohio. I first saw Lindon play a year ago and the one thing that grabbed my attention was his energetic stage presence and solos.
Lindon and I met up in the downtown area of Canton, but I already had a specific spot picked out. We started the shoot at the abandoned Hercules Engine Factory. This place is perfect to do any band promo shots. Later, we shot right in the city. Lindon brought along his electric and acoustic guitar and we both pretty much jammed out for the few hours while I set the scene.
Nikon D600 (Updated)
Nikon 24-70 f/2.8
The setup with really simple. I'm still learning off camera flash, but I've been working with a close photographer friend of mine polishing out my rough spots. I used a SB-900 flash with my reliable RadioPopper triggers. To over power the bright sunlight, I went bare on the flash (except for a few inside).
Huge thank you for Lindon for being a great subject on this shoot. If you would like to follow him, check him out on FB @ Lindon So.