f/8, 1/60, ISO-640, 25mm

I was honored to be asked to take this year’s official portrait of a local school jazz band. It’s something that is normally done at contest and each band tends to be herded from their performance to the front of a camera, lined up in a couple lines, and shot from a slightly elevated position.

After listening to this group perform, I knew they deserved something more special. Their talent is amazing and I wanted a portrait that reflected their passion. I have limited equipment and wasn’t sure I could effectively pull off the effect I wanted, but after about 45 minutes of setup and adjusting before the concert I figured out the best placement of my single 43″ umbrella and Speedlite 430. To my surprise it lit the entire area fairly uniformly (though I did have to nudge up the exposure on some of the folks in the background in post work). I took this in the school commons area, and was able – through lighting and post processing – to give it a dim jazz club feel that I hope they are pleased with.

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