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Band Photography – Funky G and the Groove Machine

Band Photography of Funky G

Funky G and the Groove Machine - Photographer Alex Sablan

Funky G and the Groove Machine - Photographer Alex Sablan

Band photography is always a challenge especially now that a lot of small venues are moving to LED lights.  LEDs bring a different challenge than the old tungsten par cans.  They are almost as bright as lasers and lead to a lot of contrast and color mixing issues.

I chose to avoid some of the color issues by processing many of these shots to black and white.  I found it fitting for the type of music that Funky G and the Groove Machine plays.  They play old school funk and some newer hip-hop so I thought a little Herman Leonard tribute would be fitting.

Mario, Forrest, and Funky G - Photographer Alex Sablan

Mario, Forrest, and Funky G - Photographer Alex Sablan

About the Band

Funky G entertains the crowd with music spanning the seventies to the present.  Ranging from Earth, Wind, and Fire to Usher, the music Funky G performs appeals to a large demographic.  The band performs regularly in Cincinnati, Dayton, and Columbus at events from weddings to large corporate events to Reds games.  For booking information, go to their contact page and contact Kelli Kooken.

Bass Man - Photographer Alex Sablan

Bass Man - Photographer Alex Sablan

Funky G, aka Greg, is also a close friend so I abuse his band regularly to accommodate my band photography addiction.  He also hosts karaoke at W.O. Wright’s every Sunday.  You can see his song list here.

Gear for the Shoot

I shot these with a Nikon D5000 with a kit lens(18-55mm) on manual and aperture priority, which is normal for me. It makes for a nice lens for band photography when in a small venue where you know you can get in close to the band.  I also used Lightroom 4 for all the edits.  The price is very affordable at $79 so go get yours today.

Let me know what you think in the comments below and share away if you’d like. Make sure to check out my main site at AlexSablan.com.

Mario and Funky G - Photographer Alex Sablan

Mario and Funky G - Photographer Alex Sablan

Craig's Set - Photographer Alex Sablan

Craig's Set - Photographer Alex Sablan

Intense - Photographer Alex Sablan

Intense - Photographer Alex Sablan

Fierce - Photographer Alex Sablan

Fierce - Photographer Alex Sablan

Smooth - Photographer Alex Sablan

Smooth - Photographer Alex Sablan

Frank - Photographer Alex Sablan

Frank - Photographer Alex Sablan


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