Wisconsin singer/songwriter, Dana Erlandson, has been working the mid-western music scene for two and half decades. A very talented musician, an antique guitar collector-fixer-upper and a wealth of musical knowledge, as well as being a down to earth nice guy, Erlandson approached me to get some new promo shots. I greatly obliged knowing that it would be a great time get to know him a little better and share some stories. He’s also been on my list of friends to add to my ongoing “Friends” project. (More to come on that in mid-2011).
This was a pretty simple setup, a 24″ Lastolite Ezybox HotShoe Softbox with a SB-900 on remote channel A, with a SB-600 as a kicker on channel B. I used a SB-800 on my camera as a master to control them separately. Shutter speed was around 1/60th-1/80th to let some of the ambient fill in the background. Now that I think of it, I also had the SB-800 putting out a 1/128th power as a on-axis fill, of course with the diffusion dome attached.
After working upstairs on a few shots we moved to another location to shoot a few more environmental portraits of Dana in his “workshop”. Here I wanted to make sure that I got some detail in the background, so I used a shutter speed around 1/30th-1/60th with the speedlights firing on Rear-sync to assure that if there was any movement, it would get burned-in crisp at the end of the exposure. I Some people ask why I shoot so slow, I don’t know, I guess it’s my style. I tell them that it’s just way I have always done things. Plus I like to use the lowest ISO that I can.
Thanks for the shoot Dana!