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Jul 16, 2012 13:23 |  #1

ok so ive kinda asked before but im still a little unsure. i do alot of automotive photography both during the day and night. i currently have a t1i, and a 430ex flash. i want to take my shots to the next level so what should i get? as well as where should i get it

is this something i would need?
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …Fluorescent_Kit​_with.html (external link)




  
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Jul 16, 2012 13:29 |  #2

Nope. Don't touch that kit. It's needs to be powered and would be a big hassle.

- What's your budget on lighting? Answer that and we'll recommend a good kit
- I'd suggest having a long lens to take out most reflections
- Get a circular polarizer to cut out the rest of them
- Remember that cars are like a huge mirror. So watch your angles and reflections....while maintaing good composition and lighting.

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Jul 16, 2012 13:37 |  #3

yea ive got an 18-55, 55-250, and a 50mm 1.8 lens
i have a cp filter
and i dont have a set budget but i meant like around 300-400

ultimachi wrote in post #14724578 (external link)
Nope. Don't touch that kit. It's needs to be powered and would be a big hassle.

- What's your budget on lighting? Answer that and we'll recommend a good kit
- I'd suggest having a long lens to take out most reflections
- Get a circular polarizer to cut out the rest of them
- Remember that cars are like a huge mirror. So watch your angles and reflections....while maintaing good composition and lighting.

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Jul 16, 2012 13:43 |  #4

Have you seen this thread?
https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=70290


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Jul 16, 2012 14:33 |  #5

^^^ Check out that thread. Some really good info.

For your budget, I'd suggest picking up a couple cheap manual flashes. Get some manual Yongnuo's and some Yongnuo triggers and you can have a cheap setup. Then from there, experiment. You will know what you need from there as you shoot.

For the lens, that 55-250 will work great. Shoot cars at the 250mm end of the lens and you'll get some great photos. Using wide angle lenses on cars, really makes them seem more bulkier than they are. It's fine for a few shots in the set, but not for an entire shoot. So use the 18-55 sparingly. The 50mm f1.8 would be great for those detailed shots. Shoot wide open to get some nice shallow DOF on the details to draw the attention to whatever you're shooting and you'll do fine.


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Jul 16, 2012 14:45 |  #6

Well what I would say is cheap multiple flashes OR multiple shots with the flash in different places. Save the moneys until later :)


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Jul 16, 2012 23:20 |  #7

More flashes and/or a wireless trigger of some sort to take advantage of off-camera lighting! :D


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Jul 17, 2012 00:58 |  #8

I'm in the same position as you. Not sure if you're just starting but what I did was made a home made soft box to mess around with. It works pretty decent although I don't have anything else to compare it too. I just spent a lot of time working with the flash and understanding ways to use it. Plus side is materials cost me less than 10 bucks and about an hour to make (36 x 24). I have been getting more and more into lighting so now I'm looking into getting a stand, umbrella and triggers.

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Jul 18, 2012 21:56 as a reply to  @ dscri001's post |  #9

so would this be a good setup ?
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …ned_Heavy_Duty_​Light.html (external link) (x2)
http://www.ebay.com …ories&hash=item​1e6474dc8e (external link)
http://www.ebay.com …pt=Digital_Came​ra_Flashes (external link)




  
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Jul 27, 2012 16:21 |  #10

Just keep in mind with the YongNuo products you can't take advantage of E-TTL. They work well for off-camera lighting but you have to use manual!


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