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Stampede of the Damned

After a really busy week I was thrilled when I found the new album by Mabon in the mail today. Their new record is entitled “Stampede of the Damned” and I was fortunate enough to shoot the cover for it:

Album cover for "Stampede of the Damned" by "Mabon"

Album cover for "Stampede of the Damned" by "Mabon"

To create the cover image we shot all of the band members individually against a black background in my studio. Each exposure lasted 6 seconds, while I had the modeling lights of my Elinchrom flash heads running. Within those 6 seconds of exposure I asked the band to move around, kicking and screaming as if in agony. During the long exposure I manually triggered the strobes to freeze a few moments in time, while the rest of the movement was smeared due to the long exposure. The resulting images looked something like this:

6 Second Exposure with multiple strobe bursts

6 second exposure with multiple strobe bursts

6 Second Exposure with multiple strobe bursts

6 Second Exposure with multiple strobe bursts

Multiple frames likes these of all of the band members where then composed into one burst of humanoid emotion… at least that’s what it felt like while I composed the final result.

The final result after compositing the individual shots

The final result after compositing the individual shots

Once again this project proved to me that working with musicians is one of the most rewarding things to do as a visual creative. Mabon’s new record is available now through their website!


Posted by nicolas_henri on February 5th, 2010 :: Filed under Artist Technique, Photography, Post Production
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RoyalBLUSH - Post Production

In the first part of the coverage on the RoyalBLUSH production, I talked about the shoot and the lighting technique. Now let’s have a look at the post processing and retouching.

We had a very tight schedule to shoot and process with only a few days to get everything printed up for a show at GREENshowroom in Berlin. So I had to find a way to speed up the retouching on the 9 images which the client selected. As you may know a regular retouching process on a fashion image can easily consume a day’s work or more. Clearly we did not have this kind of time here. So I decided to work exclusively in Adobe Lightroom 2 and see what I can achieve using only this single powerful tool. I figured I could still take the shots into Photoshop if things wouldn’t come to a satisfactory result… But let’s start at the beginning!

Continue reading after the break…


Posted by nicolas_henri on July 6th, 2009 :: Filed under Making Of, Photography, Post Production, Technology
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