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Band Photography – Shooting Outside Midday

Band Photography – Funky G at the Greene Towne Center in Beavercreek, Ohio

About the Shoot

Band photography always has many challenges in normal settings, when you put a band playing under cloudless skies midday one needs to find creative measures to overcome the lighting challenges. Luckily this day, the sun was bouncing around the light colored concrete walls and sidewalks.

The band was under a large white tent which created a nice giant softbox.  The big challenge was finding creative ways to get shots that included the crowd and the whole scene when the sun was bounding down upon everything.

Funky G at the Greene - Band Photography by Alex Sablan

Isolate subject against bright backgrounds - Band Photography by Alex Sablan

One way to overcome the lighting challenge in band photography on bright days, is to try to isolate the subject against the bright areas burnt out by the sun.  Take shots of the crowd with the band silhouetting against the crowd.  Isolate the subjects against bright buildings behind them.

Funky G at the Greene - Band Photography by Alex Sablan

Get creative with challenging lighting situations.

Another way to overcome the lighting challenge, is to use the bright light creatively to create a mood. Use all the light and make a high-key lo-fi look. If you are shooting in raw, you can pump up the contrast and shadows in Lightroom 4.Just remember that you need to harness the light and not let it ruin your day.

 

About the Location

The Splash Pad at the Greene Towne Center - Photography by Alex Sablan

The Splash Pad at the Greene Towne Center - Photography by Alex Sablan

The Greene Towne Center is a walking mall located outside of Dayton, Ohio in a suburb called Beavercreek. The mall has a park area around a splash fountain for the kids. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings, The Greene provides music by local groups. This past weekend the music was provided by Funky G and The Groove Machine.

About Funky G and the Groove Machine

Funky G at the Greene in Beavercreek, Ohio - Band Photography by photographer Alex Sablan

Funky G at the Greene in Beavercreek, Ohio - Band Photography by photographer Alex Sablan

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.


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