Publicity Shots for Brighton band ‘This Modern Life.’

The gloomy light and overcast sky of a December day provided excellent, soft lighting conditions for a photoshoot of this Brighton band. They wanted to be shown in a contemporary urban setting, reflecting the way we live now, so I took them to the derelict land where the Black Rock swimming pool used to be.


Canon 5D Mark II EF 24-105 mm f4L IS 1/160 @ f4, ISO 100, 24 mm

The place has an extraordinary atmosphere, with enclosing walls covered in graffiti; water puddles full of seagulls; a treasure trove of abandoned objects, the detritus of city living; distant views of the tops of grand regency buildings and the strong graphic lines and shapes of Brighton Marina’s concrete architecture.


Canon 5D Mark II EF 50 mm f1.4 1/640 @ f1.4, ISO 100, 50 mm

The mean, moody look of the band members owes less to their emotional state and more to the fact they were freezing cold. It was blowing a gale but thankfully, as I hate being cold, I had wrapped up in lots of layers and a thick coat.


Canon 5D Mark II EF 50 mm f1.4 1/800 @ f1.4, ISO 100, 50 mm


Canon 5D Mark II EF 50 mm f8 1/500 @ f1.4, ISO 800, 50 mm


Canon 5D Mark II EF 50 mm f1.4 1/200 @ f1.4, ISO 100, 50 mm, 580 EX speedlite

I used three different lenses on the day including the Canon 100 mm L IS macro but I mostly used the 50 mm f1.4 which is very fast and perfect for low light conditions. I often use it with my 580 EX speedlite to provide some fill flash which helps to make the subjects stand out from the background.


Publicity Shots for Brighton band ‘This Modern Life.’ — 2 Comments

  1. I love doing band promo shot but hate the review session, it seems that each band member like something different. The last band I shot the kids were all over the place, I’m surprised they are still a band!

    Nice shots! Keep up the good work.