Photo of the week
by Anton Piatek
I have been quite busy, so this is a shot from the archive.
I have taken many photos of this band (The Rivers of Sound) and they vary from being really saturated with colour from stage lights, to needing a flash to get a good exposure, and hence rather colourless, but this one is one of my favourites.The coloured lights are from the stage lighting, but I also used a speedlight 430 sat on a speaker stack to the right of the camera, pointing across the stage.
You can set the flash power manually, but as I was moving along the stage getting photos of each band member, and each was a different distance from the flash, and the stage lights were changing colours and brightness I went with the ETTL mode of the flash. This worked quite well, giving a correct exposure, and because it was from the side i did not wash out the colours from the stage. The next thing I want to try is some coloured gels across the flash and try giving some colour to that fill in light(probably whatever colour is missing from the stage). Of course having a few more speedlights would be nice too, but they aren’t cheap.
It is worth pointing out that there is a stage light right behind Matt’s head, which is giving a glow around his head and shoulders – depending on your taste you can try and get a shot with it on or off. Personally, I like the glow behind him from the stage light, and it also hides the ugly roof of the stage, which is littered with dirty lighting rigs.