08 Jun Photographing Cars
After my last post I have wanted to photograph some more cars and refine my lighting and techniques. I have sourced another convertible, a friend who is willing for me to practice on his car. Before I do this I needed to scout some locations as well as refine my techniques.
One thing that I have learnt is to start with what you have, so while I wait to get this second car organised I thought I would practice on my own to refine the lighting of the car. In this post I am going to break the shoot down and show you how I am lighting the car. The first thing that I get is an exposure for the background and from there build the lighting on the car, below is a shot that forms my background without any lighting on the car itself the exposure is around 1/60 sec @ f8 to under expose the background slightly.
The next part of the image I work on getting right is the side of the car, to light this I used and Alien Bee 1600 in a medium soft box that is almost sitting on the ground. I have pulled the power down so that it was not too bright as I want to use the other lights to contour the shape of the car.
|Image showing the lighting on the side of the car
The next light, also and Alien Bee 1600 in a soft box, boomed over the bonnet as shown below. I have circled the lit area in the following photos as the lighting is quite subtle.
|light from a boomed softbox over the front of the car.
To bring out the wheels I added two more Alien Bees with honeycomb grids on them, I placed them low down so that the light fell on the Mag Wheels.
|The lighting for the wheels
Finally two more soft boxes were used, one over the interior of the car and one over the rear to bring out some subtle details.
|The effect of the light on over the rear of the car
|The effect of the light on the interior.
And finally all lights together produced the final image. This is shown below after some adjustments in Adobe Lightroom.