In early January, a good photography friend asked me to shoot some behind the scenes photographs for a music video shoot he was assisting in filming in upstate New Jersey. I figured why not, and one weekend morning, we set off North.
The venue was interesting -- dubbed Art Factory -- it was a series of abandoned industrial buildings that were available to rent for music videos, photography, etc.
Lighting was simple, though it proved difficult to expose for with my camera. Three LED spotlights acted as a key light depending where the rapper was standing. Behind, two blue LED bars lit the wall, in front a red gelled hot light was reflected off of a white diffuser for fill, and lastly a bare hot light was hung for rim lighting.
My kit consisted of the Canon 6D, 50mm 1.8 STM, 17-40L F4, and an older Tamron 24-70. My ISO sat around 4000 to 8000 depending where the artist was standing. A few steps left or right translated into one or two stop differences for the camera's exposure. The resulting images were a little grainier than I'd like, but I was still figuring how to properly apply noise reduction in post then.
I think I snagged a few cool images up in New Jersey. It was also great to catch up with my friend the drive there and back.