This is an image of the band “The
Lumineers” at a gig for their UK
Album release week in London.
The Photograph has been taken in
landscape and it suits the genre of
music the band are (indie/folk).
The photo is monochrome which
makes it suit the music genre of the
band. The quality of the picture isn’t
very clear. The out of focus could be
because there was no tripod and
camera shake has had some part of
the soft edges. If the photographer
was in a busy, crowded area this may explain the lack of quality as it could have merely been a quick ‘point and
I think this photograph can be interpreted as a candid photograph because it was taken during activity however the
band knew there were pictures being taken.
This photo has a high contrast and only highlights one member of the band in the background. This creates framing
as the other band members create a frame in order to focus on the one member on the drums. Depth of field is also
used because the two members on either side are blurred out to focus on the drummer.
The image has an interesting composition. Three band members are included in the photo; however only one
member is seen in the background instead of the foreground which makes the photograph unique as usually in a
picture, the main element is usually seen in the foreground of the photo. This doesn’t use leading lines however the
concept has been used as the viewer looks from the front to the background of the picture.
The technique frame has been used to display the drummer in high definition compared to the mise-en-scene. The
main subject is the most obvious element within the photo because of the top lighting. When editing the photo, the
photographer has emphasized and highlighted the lights above the drummer, giving the illusion that the picture has
come to life.
The photographer has played on depth of field. Instead of the nearest objects having a sharp focus, instead the
nearest objects in the foreground are out of focus and the furthest have a sharp focus. In terms of this technique,
the photographer has used a large depth of field which makes the drummer stand out more in the photograph.
In my opinion, I think this photograph has been used as a type of promotion for the band. This is because it looks like
it would appear in a magazine as part of a featured article about them or it looks as if it would even be used as an
Allister Ann decided to use the angle of view to appeal to the target audience. This is because the photographer has
taken the photo from the audience’s point of view. This appeals to the target audience because this is how they
would see the band in real life at a gig and ultimately makes them think they are there and the photograph has come
To conclude my analysis of the photograph, I think this is a very effective photo because it uses so many great
hidden techniques and appeals to the target audience in many ways. The image doesn’t tell a story however I think
the photographer was trying to get a message across. I think they were trying to tell everyone that they think the
drummer of not only this band, but most other bands, don’t get enough recognition. They have done this by blurring
the other band members out of the picture in low-key-lighting and left the drummer in high-key-lighting.
Allister Ann – The Lumineers UK Album Release Week