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The Best Band Photos
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Add bio pages to your site. Bio pages should definitely have photos of individual members. Preferably a larger, somewhat current photo at the top of the page. Include a group photo of your crew, too.
If you use a pro photographer, respect their copyright. Are you allowed to use the photo on the band's website? Get it in writing. Ditto for the exact wording of the copyright notice.
- Go on location! Get photos of the band at the beach, at the local fair, at a parade, at the zoo, on children's playground toys, in the snow, with famous landmarks in the distance; you get the picture. They all add interest and, in turn, make the band look interesting. Travel expenses for the photo shoot may also be tax deductible (check with your tax advisor).
- Rehearsals are also a potential source for candid action photos. Even more so if the rehearsal space has character. Maybe there are lots of posters on the walls. Or the walls are bare (or you've covered the walls with white or dark bed sheets to make the band stand out more). Put the band's name on the bass drum, too. You can do this before the shoot, or afterwards with the help of photo editing software such as PC Paint or PhotoShop.
- Don't have a digital camera? You can use a film camera, or even a drugstore 'instant' camera to get great photos. At the time the film is developed, you can have the photos put on a CD disc for a few dollars extra. Or you can turn the prints (and/or negatives) into digital files with the help of a photo scanner. Epson and HP are two brands that work well.
- Check out previous works. Visit a used record store and check out the photos on old LP albums. Especially the inside cover shots. Or visit the local bookstore and peruse the biographies of other bands. You'll find lots of photo ideas involving color, light, texture, contrast, special effects, and subject matter that will give you even more ideas.
- Ask your web page audience for photos. It'll only take your webmaster a moment to do. You may be pleasantly surprised when you get photos emailed to you from your fans to include on your website. [see #5]
- Lose a bandmate? Crop him or her out of the photo. The rest of the photo may still be salvageable. This applies mainly to performance photos. For posed shots, you'll have to gather everyone together with the new guy or gal and have new ones made. Especially with digital photos, there's no excuse for having ten-year-old band pictures on your site or in your press pack.
- Don't be afraid to experiment. Some of the best photos are the result of happy accidents. When in doubt, shoot!
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