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Photo tips for rock bands

Rock bands always shoot group shots, individual shots and so on for press packs, wallpaper on web sites, advertising and so on. Unfortunately, many of these bands take shots which more or less make the band look amateur and stupid.

Here are four classic no-no's I see all the time:

1) Woods
For some strange reason, rock bands love to take pictures in the woods. This is really bad idea because a) it has absolutely nothing to do with rock music, b) it takes concentration away from the band and puts it in the scenery in the background, and finally c) NO ONE does it except amateurs. Don't do it.

2) Cemeteries
For that "evil" lookin' thing, lots of bands do the cemetery shot. Again, this has nothing to do with rock music.. and it looks stupid.

3) Railroad tracks
Again, nothing to do with rock music. Same problems as the woods shots.

4) Abandoned buildings
Good for videos. Bad for photos. All this does it make you look like you took pictures in a dump, which is exactly what you did.

Here are some better ideas:

1) Solid color backdrop
Look in any rock/metal magazine. You will see tons of artist pictures that have nothing but a solid color behind them. This puts 100% focus on the artist (the goal!)

2) Planned performance
Go and set up a show strictly for picture shooting - basically a rehearsal made to look like a live show. Go through your set of songs and have someone taking pictures. Make sure all your gear is spotless clean and everyone is in the mood to play. You'll get lots of great pictures.

3) Live performance
Same as above. May not look as good as the planned performance but it does the job.

I'm sure you can think of a few more. But please.. stay away from cemeteries, railroad tracks, the woods and broken buildings. Rock is not about any of those things. It's about you and your group. Have your photos concentrate on that. You are the subject, not the background. Background is, and always will be, secondary.

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Home again

After driving around for what seems like forever over the past 2 days, I am finally back home. Some good things happened, some not-so-good things happened.

* My sister's affairs are finally in order.
My pop and sis both thanked me up and down for being able to show up, help out and do what I could. I have sore bones everywhere from moving furniture to prove it. (grin)

* Massachusetts driving still sucks.
Although I don't mind driving in Massachusetts most of the time, I was unaware that both 290 and 495 are chewed up and under heavy construction in certain places. On 290, both sides have a point where 3 lanes go to 2 (they don't ordinarily) due to construction. And it's always fun to see a flashing large-LED sign that states (literally) "NO BREAKDOWN LANE" followed by "DO NOT STOP". Fun fun fun.

* I got a ticket.
My first traffic ticket in at least 5 or 6 years, for "Failing to Yield". Yeah, failing to yield. Here's what happened: I was merging on to the highway. A "Y" merges into one road at the beginning of the ramp. Some lady in a minivan (of course,) moves to the ramp. I move to the ramp. She has one side, I have the other. I am on the side that is supposed to yield to the other lane. I slow down because I saw her there. The lady in the minivan hesitates and gases, stops, gases, stops. I said "screw this I don't wanna get hit" and gunned it and flew past her to get on the highway. She blares her horn (of course). Next thing I know I see flashing lights in my rear view mirror. Grr.. Yes, I broke the law. Yes, I got a ticket. Yes, I will pay the fine. But I'd rather pay for a ticket that get t-boned by some idiot lady in a minivan which would in turn cost a helluva lot more than a ticket.

* North is not gonna happen
I found out over the course of the past 2 days that nothing is going to happen up North. I was planning on moving there sometime in the future, but it doesn't look like that will occur, so I will be staying in Connecticut for the time being.

* A return to the spiritual
At this point in my life I am going to concentrate more on something I've been neglecting for far too long which is my spiritual roots. Say what you will; maybe it sounds a bit hokey but I like to do the astrological thing. No I don't go around dressing in robes or burning bonfires in the middle of the night. It's just a belief structure. Some people got religion, I got spirituality. One of the happiest times of my life was when I was deep into spirituality. Life made sense and it had purpose. I want to return to that mode of thinking again (I've already started, actually).



Blog break

I'll be off for a few days doing other important things, so until I get back here's a few random trivia thingies to entertain you until I get back:

Nothing rhymes with the words silver, month or orange.

The letter 'h' does not rhyme with any other letter, word, words or phrase.

Maine is the only state in the United States that has one syllable in its title.

A group of kangaroos is called a "mob".

A crocodile cannot chew or move its tongue, but, it's digestive system is so strong that it can digest a steel nail.

A bolt of lightning can travel 100,000 miles per second, carry 100 million volts of electricity and reach a temperature of 55,000 degrees F. Five times hotter than the surface of the sun.

One inch of water over one acre of land weighs 100 tons.

You can use pine cones to forecast the weather: The scales will close when rain is on the way.

There is the exact amount of water on Earth today as when the Earth was formed. Water is never totally consumed. It always recycles itself, in one form or another.

The elephant can smell water up to 3 miles away. Also, a dogs' nose is so sensitive that it can tell the difference between a tub of water and a tub of water with a teaspoon of salt in it.

35 MPH is the average speed most cars travel on interstate highways during peak morning and afternoon rush.

Former 'Monkee' Mike Nesmith had a rather creative mother, Bette Nesmith Graham. Her invention, liquid paper was initially rejected by IBM so she set up her own cottage industry to make and sell the now famous stationery item.

Parker Bros. intially rejected inventor Clarence Darrow's board game Monopoly due to '52 fundamental playing errors'. He thought they were wrong so started production himself. Once the success of the formula became apparent, Parker Bros. decided to take on production after all.

The Bic pen was named after its French Inventor Marcel Bich. However they decided to drop the 'H' from the name fearing that the American market might pronounce the name 'Bitch'.

"Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia" is the fear of long words.

The song with the longest title is 'I?m a Cranky Old Yank in a Clanky Old Tank on the Streets of Yokohama with my Honolulu Mama Doin? Those Beat-o, Beat-o Flat-On-My-Seat-o, Hirohito Blues' written by Hoagy Carmichael in 1943. He later claimed the song title ended with "Yank" and the rest was a joke.

Everyone knows that the Buggles 'Video Killed the Radio Star' was the first video to premire on MTV on August 1, 1981. The millionth video to air on MTV was 'Video Killed the Radio Star', aired on MTV February 27, 2000. It's also the 3rd most aired video in MTV history. Peter Gabriel's 'Sledgehammer' is #1.

Jelly Fish, not sharks, are the deadliest killer in oceans and seas. A certain kind of box jelly fish kills more people than all the shark species do put together.

Only 4% of babies are born on their actual due date.

The two longest one-syllable words in English: "screeched" and "strengths"

Longest word with no repeated letters: "uncopyrightable"

Word describing the shape of the bubbles in beer foam: "orthotetrachidecahedrons"



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