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Apr 28, 2011 08:38 |  #1

So I am trying to get some exterior shots of my car. With it I want to be able to show off the Recaro logo on my front seats through the windshield. I will most likely be doing the shot inside a garage at night where the lights from the garage would shine down on my car. Wondering if this is the best route to achieve this type of setup? This is the filter I am considering: http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …_Circular_Polar​izing.html (external link)

Let me know if this will work or if I should be looking at something else? If this makes no sense I will find some pics and post them up of what I am trying to achieve. Thanks!




  
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Apr 28, 2011 08:52 |  #2

The filter you listed would be a good polarizing filter to use on any lenses with a 77 mm filter thread.

Whether or not your precise situation will be resolved with a polarizing filter is an unknown, as where the source of the light is relative to all the involved surfaces is an unknown and only a bit of experimentation would tell all the truths.

Why are you considering an indoor shot? Try an outdoor setting, particularly with a cloudy day for soft lighting. Most really serious professional car photography studios I have seen described in magazine articles, etc., usually use the equivalent of a HUGE softbox (20 by 30 feet, for example) over the car, emulating a cloudy sky in the light quality.


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Apr 28, 2011 09:16 |  #3

Thanks for the reply Skip. So the reason why this shot is going to be done in a garage is due to the pitch in the ramp that I want to capture. I will also be doing shots outside typically, but want to capture this shot first. As for the lighting, I need to still figure out the specifics but was going to be positioning the car where the light shines into the car so the black interior can be seen in addition any additional light that I will need to provide.




  
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Apr 28, 2011 09:39 |  #4

It might be better if you can put a strobe in the car lighting the seat, you would probably be better off putting the camera on a tripod one exposure of the outside of the car and the other with the strobe going off at a different exposure (I've seen it done that way before)

you could probably do it another way but it will take some experimenting because it all depends on how reflective the window is, what lights that are falling on the car are creating reflections, angle of the car/windows to the lights, the angle of the camera to the car, and how strong that polarizer is

I would probably read up on how to photograph glass objects, you can try to control the reflections by making diffusion panels out of everyday objects (bed sheets, blankets, shower curtains, pool liners, curtains), to try to add or remove reflections, white will create milky reflections and black will remove reflections, the blue pool liner mimicked a cloudless blue sky (but it was heavy)




  
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Apr 28, 2011 09:43 |  #5

The angles of the lighting, glass, and other surfaces will affect how much effect you can get by using a polarizing filter. Don't forget that you must rotate a polarizing filter to choose the amount of effect it provides. Just be prepared to move the lighting if you cannot wipe out the reflections on the glass after trying all the rotational positions of the filter.

A tip for using a polarizing filter: ALWAYS rotate the filter so the top of the filter goes to the left (orientation is while you're looking through the viewfinder). By rotating the filter in that direction, you won't unscrew the filter from the lens inadvertently and drop it.

It sounds like you may also have "fun" with color control if you're mixing garage lighting with flash.


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Apr 28, 2011 09:53 |  #6

Yeah, never thougth this was going to be easy and may not even work out. I will have to play around and see what I can come up with. If I can't get the seats in the shot that is not a big deal. More like a bonus if I can. The exterior shots should still work out and capture what I am trying to achieve.




  
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Apr 29, 2011 03:31 |  #7

You could always gel the flash to match the lighting in the garage




  
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Apr 29, 2011 14:51 as a reply to  @ Mike22487's post |  #8

How about using Mike Kelly's architectural photography technique of blending multiple exposures?

You could do some cool interior lighting accents, each on a separate layer, and then blend them into your favorite shot(s) of the body.

Check out Mike's video on this thread.


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Apr 29, 2011 17:18 as a reply to  @ cacawcacaw's post |  #9

I would definitely do a multiple exposure for this type of shot. Light the car exterior however you want and take a shot. Then turn off ALL lights outside the car to kill any reflections and light the interior of the car only, then take a shot. Combine in photoshop and you should get what you want. The polarizer might help but it depends on the angle of the light hitting the windshield, which as Skip mentioned is too unpredictable to know for sure until you try it.




  
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Apr 29, 2011 18:23 |  #10

Great idea. Thanks for the advice!




  
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Apr 29, 2011 18:32 as a reply to  @ Rebel_XT_Newbie's post |  #11

What lighting are you going to use?


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Apr 29, 2011 22:29 |  #12

I have a 580EX II flash and will try to use as much as the garage light as possible. It is very well lit. If that does not work I have access to a couple of umbrellas and extra lighting but hoping not to have to go this route.




  
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Apr 30, 2011 00:57 as a reply to  @ Rebel_XT_Newbie's post |  #13

To be honest,, you'd be better off shooting outdoors on an overcast day.


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