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I am going to be photographing a local band who is going to be getting endorsed.

Have never photographed a band before and I am looking for some tips.

We are not looking for the same old fold your arms pic where everyone tries to look like a bad a**.

These guys are an up and comming hard rock band and they are way ahead of their peers. They have been touring and are selling their music like crazy already.

They are very talented and are not abusing drugs. I am looking for something fresh and new.

ANY idea of yours (or tips)would be helpful.

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I have very little experience in doing band photography, so my contribution will be to point you to a couple sub-groups.

First, the Performing Arts Photo Sharing sub-group:

http://photography-on-the.net/forum/forumdis​play.php?f=81

Then, the Performing Arts Discussion sub-group:

http://photography-on-the.net/forum/forumdis​play.php?f=115

Hope you find some good ideas!

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It would be nice to know what the shots will be used for? Ya think?

We are not looking for the same old fold your arms pic where everyone tries to look like a bad a**.

If they're an "up and comming hard rock band", do they have a producer yet? That's the first person I'd ask.
As for ideas, go to the local CD store & see what they like & work around that concept.

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There's a really nice FAQ in the Performing Arts discussion section. You might want to read that before visiting the gig.

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it sounds like he's shooting for publicity shots, not live shots.

i'd have 'em all be cutting out paper dolls. :D

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be original. think of something fun and different.
I recommend checking out this guy's work. http://www.keatonandre​w.com/external link

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I always enjoyed the idea of doing promo shots 'backstage' because some of the local venues have such incredibly unique and musically appropriate settings. There's no better place (IMO) to get basic promo shots.

A lot of band promo shots scream of strobist techniques. (here's an example and a tutorial, although not a band but a model)

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narlus wrote in post #7324970external link
it sounds like he's shooting for publicity shots, not live shots.

Ah, whoops. I already thought, "same old fold your arms pics live on stage, WTF?" :oops:

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Who cares if they abuse drugs, a lot of the best artists in history drew inspiration from drug use...

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Talk to your client and discuss what they are looking for, get a feel for who they are and the image they want to project then your creative juices flow and pitch some ideas to them.

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