Jules.r wrote in post #4803150
I'm looking forward to experimenting with lighting myself very soon, I have two 580's. one regular and one'II'. Don't have a clue how to use them properly so it's going to be a case of 'suck it and see'!
Do you use umbrellas?
Thanks! I haven't yet used any umbrella's although I think I should of used them on the bikes to cut out on the flash hot spots. Lighting's quite simple when you figure out what works and what doesn't, it's all just a case of triall and error.
What I try and do is look at photo's where flashes have been used and try to figure out where they were, the power settings compared to ambient light, if any diffusers were used etc etc. Unfortunately because of 'Strobist' it's becoming quite rare now to find a pic without all this info written in the write-up.
CombatCamera13 wrote in post #4802964
I agree about the location. I don't think the photos look bad. Just need to put that bike in a better spot.
My sentiments exactly.
BenJammin wrote in post #4803448
Don't be so hard on yourself for one thing. I like #3 because of the contrasting colors, but i think you should cut the photo off at the top of the blue things b/c the window is distracting. 4 is neat too. My eyes do wonder a lot on the first couple b/c of the cars in the background. Not bad none the less.
Thanks! I might give this a little crop tonight and see how it comes out, I had burnt the wall a tad in PS but I guess it's always going to visible no matter how dark it is.
PhotosGuy wrote in post #4803565
They look pretty good to me! What do you expect from a bike sitting still? If you want emotion on two wheels, a car up on 2 would do it for me?
sf1 wrote in post #4803905
I absolutely love bikes - used to own a few and race a bit (back a few years). Seen this post and even though I don't post here, I hope you don't mind if I chime in.
The 996 is the sexiest bike made - it oozes emotion just sitting there.
Your right about the front wheel in shots 1, 2 & 6 - no one usually leaves their wheel pointed straight ahead on the stand because the bike is not as stable, its turned to the left - you also need to turn it all the way to the left to lock the bars. So for me, it kind of looks "off". Turning the front wheel will give everyone a much nicer look at those big front calipers.
Shot 3 is the best of the bunch. The contrasting colors really make the bike pop - very nice shot and great angle. You could crop out the bricks and probably PS out the hot spots on the fairing and blue totes used as the background and frame it - I've seen way worst shots in publication.
I think shot #4 is good as well. I'd crop the bricks out (making it long and thin), add some blur and slight darkening to the foreground and make the bikes colors really come out because its not competing with anything. If your into PS at all, you could also set the blending mode to soft light and adjust the opacity to really make it come out.
Overall your lighting is great - can't wait to see more.
I don't mind at all! All points taken on-board and stored in the vast empty space between my ears for future reference. I'm definitely going to have to shoot these bikes again. We couldn't go too far from the guy's home as the roads were wet and salty in the shade, the bikes normally stay tucvked up in the garage until March.
Thanks for the feedback everyone, I love this forum for C&C