First off, I apologize for not responding sooner. I've had the hardest time with this forum, operating the thread subscription function. I didn't think to check the thread for a while, because I expected email notifications of responses.
On to my issue.
imahawki wrote in post #8441334
I assume you've taken some pictures with this setup already since you've discovered these shortcomings. Any chance you could post some?
http://www.marlboronissan.com/New-Inventory.html Pick any car that doesn't only have Nissan Stock Photos. As of this posting, the second car down is a NISMO 370Z. That should be a good example.
Wilt wrote in post #8442290
What is the purpose of white doors behind you? Are you trying to use this as a bounce surface, or are you trying to deal with reflections of that back area showing up in the glass and chrome of the autos that you would shoot?
Can you hang a big muslin from the ceiling directly above the cars, so that they reflect the light rather than the blue thing that is above?
The purpose is both to reflect flash and studio strobe lighting, and also to eliminate the reflection from outside in the event that I opt to leave the garage door open.
drh681 wrote in post #8443611perhaps like this?
a skilled wood worker could build it so the casters a a bit recessed.
I very much appreciate you coming up with a diagram for that. Something to that effect had been my initial idea, however there are two issues with it. Firstly, I've decided that I'd like for the screen to be capable of allowing some light through, though heavily diffused. This would allow me to leave the garage door open, letting sunlight shine on the screen/wall (preferably some kind of thin cloth), helping to further illuminate the studio. The second, and more important reason that I opted to not go with a rolling wall, after all, is that during certain times of year, it would be difficult to maneuver a false wall that would be big enough for my purposes. This is due to the fact that the owner of the dealership stores his boat in the garage (in a gap adjacent to the shooting studio) during the cold months.
hawk911 wrote in post #8445090
maybe a simpler idea but somewhat expensive would be to install a shower curtain like veil to cover the door. You'd need a long piece of white material that could be hung so that you can pull it back to allow the cars in/out, and pull it to cover the door when you're shooting. As for the ceiling, is it just to provide some protection from the elements? If not, use more of the white material to cover the ceiling. It really depends on how much of a studio environment you want to create. for that matter, you could hang some drop lighting. I can't find the link now, but there are some great HUGE studios that have incredible lighting up in the ceiling for vehicle lighting.
Whatever I opt to build, I'm going to be hiring my father who is a free-lance carpenter, to build it. I had him come in and evaluate what I wanted done and give me ideas on how I could do it. His idea was actually very much like yours. He suggested building a hospital-curtain-like system, which would stretch across the "4th false wall" of the studio, 5ft from the checkered floor, and would then curve 90 degrees and meet up with the "1st and 3rd" wall of the studio (2nd, being opposite the false wall I'm trying to create). This is a great idea, which I'm inclined to go with. The problem is that it may actually cost a little more than my boss wants to spend, so I'm still open to new ideas. Any additional ideas, or elaborations on the current one would be great.
As for the ceiling, it's looking like a white tarp measuring around 50'x50' will be the way I'm going. The studio is in a large garage so it does have a roof. The idea behind the white ceiling covering is not protection from weather, but for bouncing flash without the color-cast of the current blue ceiling.
Just a side note: If you look at the pictures on my dealership's site, you'll see all kinds of issues with both interior and exterior shots of the cars. I'm fairly new to the dealership and so I haven't been able to alter the studio the way I'd like it yet. The current hot lights with soft boxes (causing a yellow cast) are being replaced by 320w/s strobes and I've opened another thread regarding how to better light the cars' interior. The end goal of everything I'm doing is to make all the photos look much more professional, as if they were actual Nissan Stock Photos, not dealership inventory photos.