Behind The Scenes: Shooting JB And The Moonshine Band

Matthew Hogan, a talented photographer and videographer from Tyler, Texas, shot country band, JB and the Mooonshine band. He not only shot the band for a promotional photoshoot, but for their music video, as well. Using Alienbee lighting, a Nikon D700 and a Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 lens he composited the individual band members together for the final image.

"We shot with a Nikon D700, and the 50mm f/1.4 lens primarily for that particular shoot. Lighting wise, we used an Alienbees 1600 and octobox near full power as the key light, with an AB800 as a rim light, near half power, with the sun as a fill, as well. The cyber syncs were used all around as triggers." -Matthew Hogan

For the music video Matthew used converted Alienbees as continuous lighting with Alienbees diffusers (a different way of using Alienbees for sure), a Canon 7D with a Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 L and a Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 lens. He also used a Redrock Micro Follow Focus and Rails.

If you wish to view more of Matthew's work you can visit his website at: Matthew Hogan Photography
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Eduardo Schäfer's picture

Nice job on the video

Matthew Hogan's picture

Thanks Eduardo!

Eduardo Schäfer's picture

Hey dude, ive been reading your blog for days. Im diggin it!

Quang Bui's picture

anyone know the background song :) ?

Peter MacLeod's picture

Alter Bridge - Isolation

Kaitlin Bledsoe's picture

 Anyone else see irony in the song used as to their most recent altercation (lol!) with a photographer over the use of his image without asking?

No? :)

Matthew Hogan's picture

Haha... That is so random there.

Scott Spellman's picture

Its good work, but the loud hard rock music for a country band shoot is hard to comprehend. 

Matthew Hogan's picture

That's because I'm not a big fan of country music (even though we end up shooting that all the time, haha). Thanks for the kind words though! :-)

Duk Maniquis's picture

Great output Matthew. What's the size of the octobox?

Matthew Hogan's picture

Thanks! It's the 47" variety, found at

Miguel's picture

Have you worked with the alien bees for a while? whats your take on them? whats works better for you, the pelican with foam or dividers?