I almost certainly will not manage a blog every day, but while my enthusiasm lasts I thought I would fill in the gaps between gigs with a bit of behind the scenes stuff. Today is one of those days....
The big job was trying to get a windscreen repaired. The reason I have put this into a music photography blog is that there is a valuable lesson to be learned. The recent Blood Brothers gig in Nottingham was a particularly busy day for me. I had been taking photos for the Mission website of their tour and had found out that Wayne Hussey and the crew were fans of this new band. So I arranged to set-up my studio at the venue and do some promo work with them. The Bodega Social in Nottingham was converted into a white/silver room for the afternoon with 4 studio strobes, backdrop support and a Colorama (smoke grey I think). This all sounded easy except for the small parking problem (i.e. there was none). So it meant my passengers (Chris Sherrington and Si Denbigh) and me ferrying gear back and forth a lot. Unfortunately, when returning the 3m paper roll back into the car I managed to smash my rear view mirror, and subsequently cracked the windscreen of the car. Luckily my musically minded passengers fashioned a repair using gaffa tape borrowed from the crew (no crew is ever without). Anyway, it needed repairing so today it was done. Due to the horrendous weather, I ended up going to Autoglass, which was very handily located.
It is nice on occasion to actually see a picture printed out. So I take the occasional one that I like and have it printed. Given that the windscreen repair shop was right next to The Flash Centre (Leeds' Canon Professional Centre) and CC Imaging (My favourite local printers) I thought I would do that very thing.
The vast majority of my pics live their life as electronic media. Either on webzines, music reviews, Flickr, Twitters or Facebooks. Last night's are no exception. They have already appeared on the O2 Academy Leeds facebook page (link below).
There is something really different about printed pictures though. There is an art to it and a good printer will really help, particularly as I always set my pics up to look good on screens. The CC Imaging guys don't just print what I give them, they tend to look at it and tweak it to look better. That is precisely what they did today with this pic of Miles Hunt.
I had already played around with it a bit and removed some clutter, but they tweaked the contrast slightly too. Anyway the end result is that they presented me with two versions of the pic rather then just the one I wanted. As they let me have both I am going to give one away! If you would like to have a roughly A2 copy of this above pic then just sign-up to the guest book on my website. I will pick one name from the guest book at random on 7th October and send them one of the prints.
So the rest of the day will see me with my head in the website trying to make it work, looking after the kids and playing a bit of football later on!