Lazy photographers take note:
You can almost always get a good shot of a silver car in sunlight or with strobes.
You'll have to work much harder with black cars to make them look good. See the difference?
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Again: Scott Kelby in a studio.
If you have a garage with white walls, & you're clever, you can use them as "flats" to get similar results. Just light the walls instead of direct light on the car.
SF David has an excellent series with all three car colors here.=====BLACK cars:
in "Late light" are what work the best for me. Look at Anthony's (DonJuanMair) Focus ST images here: http://photography-on-the.net .../showthread.php?t=1348781
OZS2KCA'S Ford GT here: http://photography-on-the.net ...showthread.php?p=18291471
And here: http://photography-on-the.net ...showthread.php?p=18307628
Ben in San Diego's pretty sunset shot.
And look at this one by BlueDemon. Too dark? Click on the eyeglasses & see what it looks like against the forum dark background. http://photography-on-the.net ...showthread.php?p=17924022
This one in sunlight looks pretty good. Note which side of the car the sunlight was coming from.Black car
in sunlight: A friend's EVO VIII
Itsed65's BMW X1 looks pretty good in some of these.
And these, too: Out to get the groceries and back in a flash!
But then look at how the better light makes the first image here more interesting: Carsofabq's 30sec night shots of a Riviera.
are just a starting point. You really need to connect your eyes to your brain & really SEE what's going on in the viewfinder, right?
Then, MOVE YOUR FEET!
My latest ride: 2011 Chevy Cruze Sedan LS
Black car hiding from the sunlight in images #2-5: 2007 Chevy HHR
Make the light & reflections work for you:A "GREAT car": '69 Plymouth Road Runner 440'50 Merc SedanOk... black miata, 2nd attempt. C+C please...synth19's images of a Scion FRSDoc Fluty's pickup
Doc Fluty's black pickup again: New take on an old favorite
Another pickup in nice light: 4x4 F-150
SVTmaniac's Viper shot: http://photography-on-the.net .../showthread.php?t=1185890My baby
SF David's "postercar" shots that are actually worth putting on a poster!: The late 80s/early 90s postercar: Ferrari Testarossa
Hecks's shoot of black/blue/white cars: Car Show At Airport
1013mm's Ferrari looks pretty good for a black car in sunlight: http://photography-on-the.net ...p?p=13707608#post13707608
int2str's "Winter" shoot - BMW 135i
salleen's thread: Mercedes - E Classe Cabrio 2011Trek_203's PorscheHarley Davidson Bike Pics
Dare's first shot here: My new Bike!
And in case you missed it in the first post, here's an example of a black 300 in a studio posted by spot9
in The automotive strobist setup pic thread.An "Arrest-me-now-Orange" Beast!'83 Camaro Z28 Pro Street 502 Part #1UBNXOUS Beast! part #2.
Agnu's GT-500 shoot: Super Snake! It's Orange, too...
====== RED cars:
SF David's Red 911 SC
Highlights make rig shots look great, too. Look at Jimmy's shot: http://photography-on-the.net ...p=16283632&postcount=9712
Some shots of Jim's '68 AMX
Blown '37 Willys - A Beauty with a Beast!
'70 Mustang Fastback
'40 Ford Deluxe Coupe - "TAPDOUT"
Fat Buff Guy's red 56 GMC
bjammmin's Viper GTS ACR shots.
Jaren's edit: http://photography-on-the.net ...p=16168567&postcount=1948
Ferosso's shots of a F Jaguar.
====== White cars:
MHO's shot: Photochoped Audi S5
VisualEchos Last Light (GTR content)
WireWess's shot of a white Renault Megane RS http://www.wephoto.nl/publicaties/meganeRS2.jpg
wriemis's shot of a Impreza: http://photography-on-the.net ...p=17181944&postcount=2493
00formula's first shot posted here. The nice late light rollin' shot of a Vette shows off all the contours of it's body.
Reno_LV's shot: 400bhp Audi TTRS
jeremycliff's Matte Pearl White E46 BMW 330i + Sunset
VisualEchos's white Nissan 240 shots.
Reno_LV's white Honda: http://1.bp.blogspot.com ...3iqRC-zPwFw/s1600/076.jpg
Aaron's (quickster) images, mostly from the shadowed side, just before sunset: Super Street - Jimbo's LHD GTR R34
vegasboy's strobed white BMW: http://photography-on-the.net ...p?p=12915609#post12915609
I've pointed out white cars with highlights. But does every image have to have them? While I think that they make a shot more interesting, IF the lighting shows the contour of the body, then the image works. Look at mlech's second image here: http://photography-on-the.net .../showthread.php?t=1317792
It's not just for cars. Jay has some great light on #8 here: (Air) Great Light and a Nice Mix
Not so hot show shots:
'66 Ford Shelby GT-350 clone
'37 Ford Roadster kit 305
'37 Chevy 350
====== Rig shots:
There's a whole 252 page thread on them here: Official Automotive Rigs - DIY Thread
They can even look amazing taken in a garage. But I'd like to point out that finding a good background, looking at the reflections in the body & waiting for the light is just as important with them. Look at quickster's recent shots here: http://photography-on-the.net ...=16509015&postcount=10042
Farm equipment can look great, too. Look at jmalonear's images here.
Blended individual strobe images in BlackEJ8's Camaro shot.
BarrySchwartz's shot of a silver Mazdaspeed 3 in late light.
A very nice & clean shot by cbjetboy: http://photography-on-the.net .../showthread.php?t=1096837
Scott's (TheReal7) thread: NO paint at all! Even a "Rat" can look GREAT in late light! Bare It All
Silver car in the evening with strobe: quickster's thread.
And here's another one of his where it really stands out from the background: Lexus IS
And here's the difference between shooting in a studio & shooting outside, to illustrate what we all should be going for. You get to put all the highlights right where you want them.
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