I was lucky enough to get to shoot The Birthday Massacre in Glasgow last week. The decent lighting on the main stage of The Classic Grand certainly made a nice change from the basement venues my last few gigs have been in. For those ones black and white conversion was necessary due to the red lighting and high noise levels, but I find I’m liking it more and more in general. Something about a grainy monochrome image just seems to capture the energy and mood of a rock show more, in my opinion.
Kitty is a great cosplayer and model from Glasgow who isn’t afraid to climb around on fallen trees for the sake of a shot.
You can follow her cosplay work here: Kitty Lappin Facebook
A self-portrait I took while playing around with some unconventional light sources. This was lit with an LED strip worklight sellotaped to a boom arm above my head. I think I shot about 2 gigs worth of photos just to find half a dozen I’d even consider showing other people :)
I shot this last year during a Lisbeth Salander cosplay shoot with the Scottish actress Nicolette McKeown (check out her Facebook page here – https://www.facebook.com/nicolettemck?fref=ts).
The key light is coming entirely from the lighter, with a little bit of daylight coming in from camera left. It was this shoot that got me thinking more about using unconventional light sources rather than relying on flash and daylight, something I intend to pursue more this year.
I should also point out that the cigarette is just a prop and Nicolette successfully quit smoking a while back :)