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Apr 25, 2015 02:12 |  #1

I want to take some photos of a friends new car which is almost completely black. I'm an experienced photographer but have only done limited car shots: https://www.flickr.com​/photos/smarti77/14153​614436/ (external link). I've been happy with the previous results but I have struggled with black cars.

I would love to see some examples of good looking shots of black cars to learn from and to hear any tips that you are willing to share. Thanks in advance.

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Apr 25, 2015 03:00 |  #2

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I want to take some photos of a friends new car which is almost completely black. I'm an experienced photographer but have only done limited car shots: https://www.flickr.com​/photos/smarti77/14153​614436/ (external link). I've been happy with the previous results but I have struggled with black cars.

I would love to see some examples of good looking shots of black cars to learn from and to hear any tips that you are willing to share. Thanks in advance.

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Waiting for daylight may be a good approach.

I think this might be the key. Without the reflections on the body these images wouldn't have the same depth.

I'd still love to see more examples of different ways to shoot black cars.


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Apr 25, 2015 07:20 |  #4

smarti77 wrote in post #17531712 (external link)
I think this might be the key. Without the reflections on the body these images wouldn't have the same depth.

I'd still love to see more examples of different ways to shoot black cars.


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Apr 25, 2015 08:31 |  #5

I'm still driving a Cruze. This one is in my driveway:

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Remember "Tips" in my Sig? There are some links to more black cars in Post #52:

You could also try something like this example of a black Chrysler 300 posted by spot9.

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Apr 25, 2015 08:58 as a reply to  @ PhotosGuy's post |  #6

Thank you. Great examples.


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So I gave it a go. Tried both daylight and lightpainting in the dark...


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Large open areas and a polarizer filter. Light paint at night.


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Aug 22, 2015 23:36 as a reply to  @ smarti77's post |  #11

Nice tries!

When lightpainting, do a pass around the back of the car with the light up high if you're using a black background. It will define the roofline and C pillar so they don't get lost in the dark.

Not my best work, but here's one I did on a very similar car but in this case I lit the background with the brake lights slightly to define the roof/c pillar. I used a back lighting approach to get that reflection in the windscreen and define the hood/bonnet of the car.


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