This shoot was random. I just hit up This Wild Life and asked to photograph them. They said yes, then we did the shoot. The first set of test images I shot with my friend Grayson at a studio in San Diego. We used the Light Blaster on most of the images. We had no idea how to use it ahead of time, so we had to give ourselves a whole day of playing around with it to figure it out.
It’s basically a projector that’s powered by a Speedlite and magnified by a lens of your choice. The wider the lens, the wider the image. The more open the lens, the brighter the image. In addition, you also have to focus the lens/image each time so the background can be your desired sharpness.
After we figured out how it worked, we tested it with a bunch of different designs. Each one involved a few adjustments.
The next day was shoot day. All-in-all the shoot was maybe 2 hours. Pretty quick and easy. We just had to move the guys around and change slides a few times. Lighting remained relatively easy and we never used more than two lights and a reflector. I honestly don’t remember the lighting setups for most of these.
Their record label ending up buying all of the images and using them for their new album’s press. You might have seen them on posters at Warped Tour, ads in magazines, or in your album if you purchased it from Target!