Before and After — Minh at Lucky Lounge

The Before and After series focuses on the two or three key creative choices, in terms of composition and processing, that go into creating an image.  Specific technical details about the shot have been left out — you won’t hear me talking about tone curve adjustments and whatnot unless it was a key component of the end result.

Minh of More Cowbell on stage at Lucky Lounge in Austin.


  • Shutter:  1/125
  • Aperture:  f/1.4
  • ISO: 3200
  • Camera:  Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III
  • Lens:  Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM

Composition and Processing

  • The lighting isn’t great at this venue, and there’s three walls surrounding the stage, limiting angles to shoot from.  To get this shot I kept adjusting to Minh’s movement on stage until I caught him turned to the left and with the large Lucky Lounge logo completely behind him (and completely contained in the frame so as not to cause any sort of imbalance or pull to one side).
  • Brought the vignetting in tight to draw more emphasis to the subject and create the impression the venue was darker than it actually was (although the lighting was terrible, don’t get me wrong;  it was just more evenly distributed and bland).


May 03 2012 06:12 pm | Photography

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