I caught up with the guys of The Dillinger Escape Plan on their 2009 tour for a quick portrait shoot. With my newly built DIY beauty dish and two trusty assistants, we banged it out Strobist-style.
The Dillinger Escape Plan are touring with fellow Jerseyites Thursday and will be releasing their fourth studio album, Option Paralysis, in March of 2010.
For these images, my DIY beauty dish was used as the key light. I stuck the beauty dish on my carbon fiber monopod, and with a simple tilt monopod head allowing for angling and a Nikon SB-900 behind the dish, the main light was ready to go. In addition to the main SB-900, I used several Nikon speedlights for rim/background lights, as well as a 45″ silver reflector for fill. All lights triggered by Nikon's wireless flash system.
Overall, the beauty dish worked out great for this set, providing a nice spread of light for the five-member group. Going into this shoot, I knew that I wanted to work with the deeper shadows rendered by a light modifier like a beauty dish in comparison to an umbrella, and the DIY BD worked great in this regard, especially used as a downlight over the band.
Big thanks to Fallon and Lauren for helping coordinate everything for this shoot, and of course to the guys of DEP for being great subjects, even in the brisk weather for the outdoor locations.
Also, thanks to my assistants Allyssa and Jason for their work assisting.
Stay tuned for images of Dillinger Escape Plan's performance coming up next. DEP put on one of the most insane, entertaining, and supremely difficult shows to capture, and I had an absolute blast hustling in the pit for 45 minutes during their show. If they're coming to a venue near you, don't miss these guys.