Rhode St. Genese, Belgium

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As a follow up to our efforts to enhance our studio website, we deicded to take all the guitar amps in our backline of recording and music making gear and line ’em up for a photo shoot!

The first idea was to take 3 panned shots and do a panoramic picture as I’d done work like this before and figured it would be technically doable. Which it was as the shot worked… but it totally lacked the impact of having that amazing wall of amps right in yout face.

So I decided to try moving down the row, taking a shot every meter or so with my 2 flash heads/soft boxes, then pasting the images together in PS. Trouble was that because of the perspective effect from the wide angle lens I needed to use because of space restrictions (the room was big, but there were 2 brick columns about 2 meters from the front row which would have gotten in the way if I’d shot with anything longer than 35mm), it was imossible to paste the amps together and make them look like they were physically next to each other. So each amp needed to be strecthed into a relatively squared off perspective using Photoshop’s transform tools.

Trouble with this technique was that I couldn’t adjust the perspective on the amps in the front row without affecting the ones in the row behind. So I ended up taking a maximum of 2 amps in each shot along the front row, then physically removing this row and doing the same for the second row… and then the third and forth. The four series of shots could then be collated onto the main image. The physical work was tiring and took 2 days what with the above changes in tactic.

The brick background was also collated. I took a shot of one of the brick columns with the blue LED downlight, then copy/pasted it in sections behind the fourth row, adding the down lights here and there for ambiance. I also needed to shape the floor tires in font as the joints needed lining up. Total post pro took about 20 hours including making sure everything was straight, the odd tweaks of color and levels, and adding shadows where needed. Whew!!

The idea is that the image would come up on the website and viewers could use the mouse to scroll across the picture to check out our amp colleciton. This will be supplemented with an overall listing so guitarists can cross check the pictures with the models. It’s important as we want to bring over the idea that musicians recording with us can pretty much leave their gear at home, and good players will want to know what gear is available to them before starting the sessions. Which is cool cause it’s all free of charge, included in the studio rates!

I’m sure I’ve bored the pants off you with the technicality, but I just couldn’t post this without letting you know what went into it. If anyone’s intgerested in doing this kind of shot, let me know and I’ll be happy to tell you what NOT to waste your time trying.

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