For those not in the Chicago area, JBTV is a brodcasted, Emmy-winning program that is dedicated to local (and sometimes not-so-local) music. It’s a show that has kept true to it’s roots – totally non-corporate, and it just celebrated its 25 anniversary. It’s basically an institution for Chicago music lovers. Walking around the studio is like walking through a museum. Everything on the walls and on the tables are signed… even some chairs are signed!
Imagine my happiness when I was invited to take photos for Treaty of Paris’ performance on there just a few weeks ago! This was the fourth night of what I dubbed my “Treaty of Paris week,” as I shot a rehearsal, their EP release, promos, and then their JBTV appearance. Luckily, I love these guys, otherwise I might have been sick of them. It really is a testament to their performance that I wasn’t sick of them. I could have watched them a few more nights, in fact.
I adore when I am able to shoot things that are being professionally videotaped. When I shot stills of Company of Thieves’ music video, the light was fantastic because it was a production – and this time was no different – nice bright white light in the foreground, and colored light in the back. Loved it. Add in the fact that I had free range as long as I stayed out of the way of the cameras, and it was heaven. I shot the whole 45 minute set, so I was able to get lots of angles and lots of shots that I might not otherwise get.
I used the range of my lenses for this set, since I had the time and the space. Each lens gives a slightly different look, I think, so why not? ISO was kept pretty low – generally not higher than 2000ISO, with very comfortable shutter speeds of around 1/200 most of the time. I like to shoot wide open, so I stayed at f/2.8, but that was only based on artistic preference, not necessity (it was nice to have that option open for once!)
Ultimately, shooting a TV production was not much different than a normal show, other than more freedom, more light, and being aware of the cameramen.
Warning: I shot candids before the show, the performance, some crowd shots, and group shots after the show – I have a lot of pictures from this, and narrowing them down was nearly impossible. This is a picture-intensive post.