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Are you tired of boring photographs of musicians? Uses CTB+CTO gels....and Glitter by Antony Scully

1/09/2014 ISO 1200 Magazine 1 Comments

Today we want to introduce a new guest photographer Antony Scully from Trinidad & Tobago. Thanks Antony for writing this post.


I'm a photographer based in Trinidad & Tobago. It's a small market, so I've shot everything from beauty, fashion and editorial to industrial and food. Recently I've decided to reach out to markets in London and New York, focusing on beauty, fashion, advertising and editorial photography.

Late last year, I worked on an ad campaign for a local mobile provider. One of the shoots was with a local band, 5 Miles to midnight. It was a lot of fun shooting them, and we arranged to work together in the future.

Rhys Thompson, the drummer and leader of 5 Miles to midnight mentioned that he needed some images of himself and his kit to send to one of his sponsors. I realised this was a great opportunity to build on a theme I've been working on, of capturing motion in a single frame.



I bought a fog machine to create some volumetric lighting, got a lot of glitter, had him come over to the studio and started to setup 2 Alien Bees AB800 and an AB1600 strobe with CTO gels and 10° and 20° grids behind the drum kit. One AB400 strobe with CTB gel was placed below the snare drum and behind the floor drum. An AB1600 with CTB gels was used for volumetric lighting of the background. Finally, the key light, an AB800 was used on a boom with a Paul C. Buff 22" beauty dish and a 30°grid.

I metered, shot a few frames, added some glitter and fog and it started coming together.

The icing on the cake was adding some constant light to the drumsticks from a White Lightning X1600 modelling light and a Flashpoint ringlight, so I could slow the shutter to 1/40 sec for a little motion blur.


Shot with a 5D MKIII with a Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX

1/40 f/7.1 @ ISO 160


Post production with Canon Digital Photo Professional, Adobe PS and Nik Collection - Viveza, HDR Efex Pro and Silver Efex Pro


The video was captured and edited by Aaron Richards of ADR Productions.
The background music is from the band (5 Miles to midnight)

Photographer: Antony Scully

Scully Photography
30A Warren St.
Trinidad W. I.
Ph: 868-737-4008

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