This weekend Steven, Fred and I had the pleasure to photograph another local artist who goes by Danny Diamonds. He is a second generation American whose parents moved from Russia about 25 years ago due to political unrest. He grew up in Boston and began producing music in high school for fun with his friends. Danny decided to come to University of South Carolina to attain a business degree but plans to return to Boston once he graduates. His music was featured on the New Artist Spotlight on Spotify which garnered nearly 100k plays.
For the shoot we set up a variety of lighting scenarios to match different moods and different outfits. Our goal was to give Danny a comprehensive set of photos to use for album covers, social media, and general promotion of his brand.
The first lighting scenario we did was a 5 light setup with a soft box on the right side, beauty dish on the left, two strobes blowing out the backdrop and a mono light with a smooth pointer at his face. This is what we produced
The second lighting setup we tried had only a hair light and the ring light on the body with two lights blowing out the backdrop these shots were up close and personal.
The third shots we tried were using held to color the backdrop and the body. These shots turned out very well and were some of the most fun to shoot.
Steven and I make a very good team, I do most of the lighting and he frames the photos and directs the subjects. Fred is also a very big help and is very creative with the editing. Together the three of us have done some crazy projects and we hope to continue our work for the rest of college. It’s fun doing these creative projects and especially working with unique subjects who bring their own style to the photos as well.