Recently I got the chance to shoot one of the most amazing music studios I've ever seen! This was a shoot for the launch of Ableton's "Live 9.2 in Public Beta" and the studio is owned by the guys at Innervisions. This place is a music nerds wet dream basically.
For the setup, although the studio has windows, to get the depth and contrast I wanted, I had to add in lights. I used two Profoto D1 lights with bare bulbs, shooting through diffusion fabric to get a nice soft light. I got this tip from an amazing interior photographer, Paul Raeside, who has helped me so much in thinking outside the box when it comes to lighting.
I used my Canon 5D Mark III and Canon 16-35mm f2.8, 35mm f1.2 and 50mm f1.4 and tethered my laptop so we could review the shots straight away and tweak the lights as needed. For some of the shots I turned off all the lights and noticed that the glow from the music equipment created a really nice moody look so we snapped some like this as well!
Huge thanks to the Ableton team (especially Maggie for these photos!) for such an fun day and for the guys at Innervisions for letting us shoot in their amazing studio! You can see the final shots here.