Opening for The Dillinger Escape Plan, Washingon D.C.-based Animals As Leaders put on a virtuoso performance of progressive metal. No words, just the instrumental beatdown.
Animals As Leaders – “Tempting Time”
Animals As Leaders didn't move around much (and certainly not by Dillinger Escape Plan standards), so my goal for this shoot was to capture their intensity through gesture and expression, rather than rely on photographing dynamic pose.
The band utilized entirely LED lighting for their set, supplied by panels on the back, uplighting at the front of the stage, and swivels on either side of the drum kit. Overall, shifts and flare-ups in the lighting were slow enough to work with pretty easily, and lighting didn't vary too much during the set.
For exposure, ISO did the trick – better with f/1.4 primes, but even f/2.8 zooms did alright in a pinch for the wider perspectives, too.