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Portraits: Dir en grey

Dir en grey

November 23, 2008 – Just before they took the stage, I caught up with Japanese rockers Dir en grey for a quick portrait session. Despite a brisk chill in the air and even a little rain, the guys were a bunch of troopers and we knocked it out.

Kyo, Kaoru, Die, Toshiya, and Shinya were all great subjects for the group shots and individuals alike.

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Group Shots:

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Individual Portraits:

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Photographer's Notes:

For the group shots, we used two locations, both just outside of the venue on an adjacent lot. The band's translator, Nora, was great with helping out when necessary, but I found that the language barrier generally wasn't a problem at all for directing the shoot. Addressing the band members by name and a few hand gesture to indicate positioning was more than enough for these shots. And of course, Dir en grey have be in the spotlight enough to be pros with stuff like this.

With the individual shots, we just did the shoot near the same spot as we did the first set of group portraits. We didn't have much time for the whole set, so we wanted to make sure we secured the individual shots before going into the second set of group shots.

It's funny to note that just like concert photography, I'm always on a time limit with these band portraits, flying to get the shots.

The lighting sets for these shots utilized one to three remote Nikon SB-600 flashes, controlled by a Nikon SB-900 on-camera acting as the commander. The key light for these shots was fired into a 45″ umbrella.

I used the Nikon D3, 24-70mm, and 14-24mm for this shoot.

End Notes:

A huge, huge thanks to Nora for helping coordinate everything, as the shoot wouldn't have been possible without her.

If you haven't seen the live set from the band's performanace, be sure to check those out.

My Camera DSLR and Lenses for Concert Photography

Nikon D850:
I use two Nikon D850 for my live music photography. A true do-it-all DSLR with amazing AF, fast response, and no shortage of resolution.
nikon-24-70mm-f28-lens-squareNikon 24-70mm f/2.8:
For most gigs, the 24-70mm is my go-to lens. Exceptional image quality at wide apertures and super-functional range.
Nikon-70-200-squareNikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR:
A perfect pair to the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8, I can basically shoot any job with the midrange and this lens. Superb image quality.
nikon-14-24mm-f28-lens-squareNikon 14-24mm f/2.8:
Ultra-wide perspective, ridiculously sharp even wide open at f/2.8. I love using this lens up-close and personal, where it excels.
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