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Pictures from Metal Alliance 
7th-Apr-2014 08:37 pm
katarina, doom
A few pictures from my latest foray into pointing cameras at people holding guitars. I'm quite pleased by how some of these turned out:

The guitarist from Black Crown Initiate:

Dagon from Inquisition. This is one of those happy shots where I was actually able to crop out the heads/cameras/upraised arms of the people in front of me, and still have something nice left in the shot.

Archaon from 1349. This is his metal face.

Orion from Behemoth. I love Orion's pose in this one, but the original shot was pretty washed out. I put it in black and white and fiddled with the contrast, and got something that was pretty decent.
8th-Apr-2014 08:13 am (UTC)
Niiiiiiiice! That's not what you would call good shooting conditions, so I'm impressed these came out so well. I especially like the last one; the black and white works really well for it.
8th-Apr-2014 05:44 pm (UTC)
I think I'm going to experiment with putting more of my shots in black and white. I've been doing some reading on how to deal with red lighting, which is apparently the bane of the concert photographer's existence, and the there seem to be three typical strategies. One is to do fancy tricks in Lightroom to tweak the color balance. One is to make the shots black and white, since the red has overwhelmed most of the other color information anyway. The third is don't bother to shoot while red lighting is being used. The latter would not have been a practical strategy at this show: 1349 were lit with a solid red wash for their entire set.
8th-Apr-2014 06:31 pm (UTC)
Or just accept that some of your shots will be RED RED RED. :-) But yeah, makes sense. I . . . don't think I'm good enough in Lightroom to actually fix the color balance; black and white would be the way I'd go at it.
10th-Apr-2014 10:11 am (UTC)
Now I'm honestly curious why red lighting is so common in concerts, since I've taken a class in theatrical lighting. What sort of mood are they trying to evoke, or what kind of effect are they going for? Maybe red for passion and aggression?
10th-Apr-2014 04:16 pm (UTC)
I've observed two common basic patterns in concert lighting. One is to sweep the stage with moving patterns of colored lights (often with white spotlights mixed in) and to have the colors switch in some regular pattern linked to the tempo of the music.

The other very common pattern is to use more static lighting of a single color (or sometimes two colors) to evoke a mood. I've most often seen this used with blue or green to set a more melancholy mood, but red for passion and aggression works as well.

I think red is also used to represent flames or blood, which are pretty common lyrical themes in black metal. (And both 1349 and Behemoth have used burning torches and firebreathing as part of their stage act, although neither of them did that at this show.) I certainly saw way more red lighting used at this show than I've seen at shows featuring other styles of metal.
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