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Studio lighting for cars? Where to start?

 
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Feb 28, 2012 06:14 |  #1

I've searched high and low, but can't seem to find much on this.

Long story short, I'm going to start dabbling into this sometime in the next 12 months. (Yes, I realise I just made that sound really casual).

Basically, I've potentially got the opportunity to start using one of the big studios here in Sydney to practice shooting cars. I've only been on location with one car shoot in a studio, where the photographer used continuous lighting. (It was for a cover shoot for one of the biggest car mags in Australia.)

Is there anywhere that I could read up/find information about tips for lighting cars in the studio?

Thanks in advance


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Feb 28, 2012 08:46 |  #2

In a studio, it's best to use very little direct light. You use "flats" to put the highlights where you want them & the "Tips" link I pointed you toward last November has a car studio in it that should give you some clues how it's done.

And this: https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showpost​.php?p=9285903&postcou​nt=100"


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Feb 29, 2012 17:56 |  #3

What do you want to know?


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Mar 01, 2012 17:53 |  #4

I want to know what's behind the black squiggles :)

I use studio lighting on location, with varying degrees of success (mostly because I admittedly am self taught and don't know what I'm doing, but also because I "only" have 4 lights and no desire to blend multiple layers via photoshop). I've shot a handful of times in a studio (also with varying degrees of success). Having someone who not only knows what they are doing but knows how to teach you why they light things the way that they do is invaluable!


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Mar 01, 2012 18:05 |  #5

I "only" have 4 lights and no desire to blend multiple layers via photoshop).

Front 3/4 shot: Put one on a flat to reflect in the side, one on a flat to reflect in the front, one high on the wall to reflect in the hood & roof, & that leaves one for the background if you need it. Don't make this stuff hard. ;)


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Mar 01, 2012 19:14 |  #6

oh i know... I shoot a lot of 3-light setups. I'm just not patient enough to do the 30-plus frame composites like Sean Klingelhoefer (external link) or Nate Hassler (external link)


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Mar 01, 2012 20:47 |  #7

JacobPhoto wrote in post #14001030 (external link)
I want to know what's behind the black squiggles :)

I use studio lighting on location, with varying degrees of success (mostly because I admittedly am self taught and don't know what I'm doing, but also because I "only" have 4 lights and no desire to blend multiple layers via photoshop). I've shot a handful of times in a studio (also with varying degrees of success). Having someone who not only knows what they are doing but knows how to teach you why they light things the way that they do is invaluable!

This is behind the lines
http://www.flickr.com …s/sets/72157627​296233523/ (external link)
There are not extra layers or blending just one frame. I do not like doing that either I try to get it right in camera.

well This is a 4 light set up for the car and the other two are for the model. Having some one there for sure helps, even if its just another set of eyes to help catch what you are missing. You light it to show contours of the car.


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Mar 01, 2012 21:34 |  #8

sigma pi wrote in post #14002120 (external link)
This is behind the lines
http://www.flickr.com …s/sets/72157627​296233523/ (external link)
There are not extra layers or blending just one frame. I do not like doing that either I try to get it right in camera.

It looks good for that type of ride. Tough to get highlights & still see the graphics too.


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Mar 01, 2012 22:43 |  #9

PhotosGuy wrote in post #14002468 (external link)
It looks good for that type of ride. Tough to get highlights & still see the graphics too.

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Yeah it was. I had to tell the model to move left or right......... Depending on the sponsors graphics :(


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Mar 02, 2012 18:27 |  #10

hah.... I'm good friends with Ferdie from SCS. Small world.

I'm good at getting the soft even lighting, not so good at using the light to 'shape' the car so to speak.


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Mar 02, 2012 19:24 |  #11

I started this a few years ago, I might even finish it some day, but whatever...

http://photocornucopia​.com/1045.html (external link)

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Mar 02, 2012 21:40 |  #12

jjphoto wrote in post #14010644 (external link)
I started this a few years ago, I might even finish it some day, but whatever...

http://photocornucopia​.com/1045.html (external link)

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Good start. I'm going to use that link because when we were shooting cars, nobody thought to take shots of the set-ups. ;)

EDIT: Note the "Negative Lighting" in those shots. We used black cloth to remove light reflections from the bottom of the body. It's just another way to try to define the shape, & it's a technique that shouldn't just be restricted to reflective subjects. For instance, look at Negative Lighting – a simple technique that makes a big difference!


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Mar 03, 2012 00:07 |  #13

JacobPhoto wrote in post #14010294 (external link)
hah.... I'm good friends with Ferdie from SCS. Small world.

I'm good at getting the soft even lighting, not so good at using the light to 'shape' the car so to speak.

He is just that big in the Subaru world haha


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Mar 03, 2012 00:13 |  #14

jjphoto wrote in post #14010644 (external link)
I started this a few years ago, I might even finish it some day, but whatever...

http://photocornucopia​.com/1045.html (external link)

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That is a good write up.


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Mar 21, 2013 07:50 |  #15

jjphoto wrote in post #14010644 (external link)
I started this a few years ago, I might even finish it some day, but whatever...

http://photocornucopia​.com/1045.html (external link)

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Wow! I completely forgot about this thread. That's a brilliant write up.
Thanks John!


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