James Made | Rachel Smith – On Time
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Rachel Smith – On Time

I was hired to record a session with the very talented Rachel Smith, a singer/songwriter out of Northern California. The setting was a middle school band room that a friend let us borrow for an evening. I used a 3 light, 3 camera setup – positioning the hair light low enough to create some dramatic flares on the slider shot.




I recorded the audio in what might be an unconventional manner – with a shotgun mic on the vocalist. I ran that through a tube pre-amp and into the Tascam recorder, along with the acoustic guitar from a pickup. I mixed the audio down in Adobe Audition, color graded the footage in Adobe Speedgrade, and edited in Premiere Pro.


Director of Photography
Sound Recording


Adobe Premiere Pro
Adobe Audition
Adobe Speedgrade