Last year I met Billy Morrison while shooting Billy Idol on tour in southern California. Not only did I really enjoy his playing but his stage presence was really fun to photograph. Since then I have photographed Billy Morrison with Billy Idol numerous times and got to go to NAMM with Billy to see his new Gibson Signature Les Paul. Last week I joined Billy in the Gibson showroom to shoot behind the scenes photos while Billy filmed some video for Gibson.com and some press shots for use on the website.
I arrived at the Gibson showroom early to check out locations for the portraits and I saw this wall of guitars that was lit from a glass door at the end of the hallway.
In my head I could see Billy standing here with his guitar. The light from the door at the end of the hallway lighting up the background and the diffused lighting from the room illuminating Billy. I was careful not to have the overhead lighting directly over Billy’s face which would have caused shadows under the eyes and nose. I used Lightroom to pick out the one shot from this series that really stood out to me. My decision was based on the expression on Billy’s face and the look in his eyes. I then proceeded to process the image using Nik Software Viveza 2 and Silver Efex Pro 2.
The images were sent to Billy and on to Gibson and as you can see from earlier they went with the Black and White version.
For more about Billy, check out his Blog at :http://www.billymorrison.net/weblog/