I recently had the opportunity to go and shoot “The Albert’s” band rehearsing in a Reading based studio. I had never been in a recording studio before so I was not entirely sure what to expect. My inexperience was exposed when the first thing the drummer asked me on my arrival was whether I had bought some ear plugs which, unfortunately, I had not! The studio itself was small, had dim tungsten lighting and any available floor space was covered with wires and various music contraptions. So, needless to say it was a fairly challenging photographic environment! My priority was to make sure that I did not upset any of the band members by knocking over microphones, tripping over wires or humming out of tune during the break between songs. Anyway, the idea I had in mind for the shoot was something dark, contrasty and moody. I wanted to avoid having too many distractions in the background as the main focus was the individual band members and their instruments. In order to achieve this I used a single off-camera speedlight mounted on a tripod and raised as high as possible (which is not very high in a recording studio). I then set my exposure to under expose the ambient light by a couple of stops. The flash was set to manual and fired with a wireless radio trigger. I tried to get the speedlight as close as possible to the band members to make sure that it did not light the studio walls too much (putting the inverse square law of light to use). For some of the shots I used a grid on the speedlight to really give direct light with dramatic fall-off effects. It was a fun session allowing for some creativity once I acclimatised to the exceptional level of sound generated by the band.