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Photography of Musicians at Sound Bites Grill

The Black Market Trust

Photographing musicians during a live performance can be a bit of a challenge.

But I dig it!

If you follow this blog you know I am charged with creating the marketing images for bands who play at Sound Bites Grill in Sedona. Also, the ‘Wall of Fame’ is a record of performers who have graced the stage and is becoming a history of entertainment at the restaurant. To date, there are over eighty art pieces presented on the wall.

Here is the latest.

coates photo black market trustThe Black Market Trust Band

Bob Coates Photography photo Black Market TrustHere is the finished piece as presented on the ‘Wall of Fame.’

While the band is performing, I isolate each member and extract them from the scene and then blend them back together while creating the art piece for the wall. These were captured with the Lumix GX7 and the 35-100mm f2.8 Vario lens. After each member is placed on the new canvas layers of texture, drop shadows, and lighting effects are added to create depth and dimension.

While the musicians are on site, I gather their ‘message to the house’ and autographs for inclusion in the final art piece. These are signed in black Sharpie on white paper. After scanning, using Adobe Photoshop they are imported to the final image, sized and inverted to white text. The Blend Mode of the Layer is changed to Screen. This makes the inverted paper, which is now black disappear with no further selections necessary.

Images for the newspaper are also prepped. I shoot in color but do the prep to black and white for the best printing results. Many times a color image is just changed to greyscale by the paper and using NIK Silver FX Pro 2 makes for better contrast and tones. These were captured with the Lumix GH4 and the 12-35 f2.8 Vario lens.

coates photo black market trustBlack & White photo The Black Market Trust Band

black market trust photo by bob coates photographyColor image of the BMT Band

Yours in Creative Photography,      Bob

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