Making The Band Look Awesome

WHETHER YOU'RE into the music or just up for a challenge, shooting portraits of rock acts is a lot of fun. But don't let anarchy rule: You have to control the location, pose, wardrobe, lighting, and (as in this photo of The Devil Wears Prada, a Christian heavy-metal band) color palette. Here are some strategies.

IFind a site. The location helps define the group and its musical style. Grungy spaces—like this unheated warehouse in Dayton, OH, where the band practices—lend street cred. Look for high ceilings, lots of room, natural light, and visual power.

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