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20th of December 2008 (Sat), 22:22
I have been retained by a local motorcycle/ Scooter business to come in and take some product shots for them. They want to use them for ads, flyers, etc. Any tips on shooting bikes? I have a bunch of strobist equipment ( umbrellas soft boxes, external flashes, etc. I also have some pure white and pure black backdrops large enough. Just looking for some ideas or reccomendations.
EDIT: I realize i posted this in the wrong forum and have asked the mods to move it.
EDIT2: Thanks for moving it :-)
20th of December 2008 (Sat), 22:27
Wow! Youre asking general questions for a serious shoot.
Are you a professional or a beginner? With the equipment you have it would be difficult to think you are lacking experience, so it would help if you're questions could be more specific.
20th of December 2008 (Sat), 22:50
I'm a new professional ( this is my 3rd paid job), and I'm usually shooting people. So bikes are relatively new to me. Sure I can point the camera and fire away, but for vehicles is it the contrast, is it DOF, is it capturing the shine of the paint? Is there anything that you notice that catches your eye when you are looking at vehicle shots? I will be taking different angles so they can post those in their flyers with info and such, but more so I'm questioning perhaps the "ad" photo of the bikes? I have some ideas and such, just throwing out the ole fish line to see if anyone has a couple of pointers.
21st of December 2008 (Sun), 09:32
but for vehicles is it the contrast, is it DOF, is it capturing the shine of the paint? Bikes, cars, people, porn... it's all about finding the right light first for whatever you're shooting.
A few Car Lighting Tips - Updated (http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=70290)
Then it's about having some time to MOVE YOUR FEET! (http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=536323)
This one had a white, translucent canopy over it.
Valvoline bike by Orange County Choppers. (http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=172681)
This one was indoors at a bike show, but I lucked out since it had flat black paint & didn't show reflections as hard points of light,
Silver bikes & cars (http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showpost.php?p=6129597&postcount=52) act the same way.
So do your homework:
Find out what they need & where you need to go & what you need to do to get it. You're the "on the spot" expert. Take control of the shoot. Do it the right way, or tell them that you can't deliver quality work under the conditions that they try to impose on you.
Do it right, have fun, & post some images in Transportation.
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