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Getting a cover always feels great. So when the chance came to shoot Everything Shook for The Thin Air came up, I took it. The ladies were a joy to work with and everything was super chill. I took the bus up so travelled fairly light, especially as I was walking for a fair bit to get to them.

TTA Everything shook cover

For the shot, I used a single Cactus Image RF60 with V6II trigger. The flash was set to full power, and zoomed to 105 to give a tight, but powerful beam of light. This was place to camera left. It was on a Manfrotto Nano 5001b, which as at full height to allow the shadows to drop behind the girls onto the corrugated fencing behind them. The angle was such to allow a loupe light on the faces. The great thing about the Cactus RF-60 is that you can control both the zoom and the power from the V6II trigger.

I shot with a Fujifilm X-T10 with the 18-55mm, lens set at 40.7mm. That does mean I could’ve potentially used the 35mm f1.4, but for ease for the whole shoot (there are other images in the magazine), I went with a zoom. The exposure setting chosen were based on a few things. Firstly I wanted to used the ambient light as fill. Secondly, I didn’t want it to be a super flashed looking shots. The base ISO on the X-T10 is ISO200, so I started with that. The Flash Sync Speed was 1/180, so I started with that. The aperture gave a slightly underexposed ambient. Finally I set the flash power-which happened to be full power in this instance. Had I needed more, I could’ve moved the flash in closer.

As the shot was for the cover, and the text is located in the same place with each issue, I knew to leave space at the top for the title. Thanks to Brian and Loreana at The Thin Air for giving me the job! The print version of the magazine will be out soon, and available for free in venues and music stores around Ireland.


Check out the gigs photos for Electric Eel Shock & The Hitchers at Roisin Dubh last Thursday, up on The Thin Air now.. Great gig.

Two Galway Bands were listed as part of The Thin Air‘s 15 for ’15: Boyfights and Oh Boland. Ironically both bands share a member, Simon McDonagh, though in very different roles in each band. Here’s the shots.

Oh Boland


This was pretty much the last shot of the day before the rain came pouring down. As the band were heading home, Mango, the resident cat, came over for some loving and the guys were happy to oblige. It’s very simply lit, just a tiny amount of fill flash from on camera to remove shadows on the faces from the top light that was prevalent in the square of the apartment complex. I simply adjusted the FEC (Flash Exposure Compensation) down until I was happy with the light in the shot.



We shot a number of different looks for this, but this was the favourite. Again, not super complicated, but this time a 3 light setup. I made use of a chair to get extra height for a better shooting angle. The band are lit by a bare flash to my right, with 2 gelled flashes in the rear by means of the MagMod holder and gels. I love the MagMod stuff. Easy to put on, easy to change gels, and the grids are great.

My start settings for these are usually ISO400, f5.6, 1/125 sec, with the flash at 1/16 power, with the flashes roughly 6 feet away. Gels eat about 1 stop of light, but darker gives a more saturated look. In the end I was closer to 1/4 power on each with the camera at ISO400, f7.1, 1/80sec.

The hard copy version of the magazine will be out all over the country on Jan 15th, including Galway!