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Nov 24, 2015 09:49 |  #1

I'm an automotive photographer and I've been wanting to work with lighting night shots so I was looking at the Ice Light. I'm just curious how many automotive photographers use it and I'd like to see some photos that you all have taken using it as well. I have seen some in the before and after thread but not enough. I was hoping that you all could possibly share some info on the shot like how many exposures you used or typically use as well as exposure times for the shots. I asked a local that has used one recently but he hasn't been polite enough to respond.. Hopefully this isn't much to ask.

If you want to throw in a general review about it or just what you do and don't like about it then that would be helpful too. Thanks.

Searching yielded very little results..-?


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Nov 29, 2015 14:38 |  #2

BadAppleArts wrote in post #17795141 (external link)
I'm an automotive photographer and I've been wanting to work with lighting night shots so I was looking at the Ice Light. I'm just curious how many automotive photographers use it and I'd like to see some photos that you all have taken using it as well. I have seen some in the before and after thread but not enough. I was hoping that you all could possibly share some info on the shot like how many exposures you used or typically use as well as exposure times for the shots. I asked a local that has used one recently but he hasn't been polite enough to respond.. Hopefully this isn't much to ask.

If you want to throw in a general review about it or just what you do and don't like about it then that would be helpful too. Thanks.

Searching yielded very little results..-?

I don't personally use an Ice Light but it is something that has been on my wishlist for a long time. With that said, I use a $30 LED light I found at a local automotive shop (where they sell accessories, oils etc) and my results are so good, I never felt the need to drop the premium price on the Ice Light.

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Nov 30, 2015 08:14 as a reply to  @ Tony_Stark's post |  #3

I follow your work on Flickr, I love your results. I assume your light is battery operated as well?

This is a little off topic but what did you use to light the splash shots on the 370z?


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Nov 30, 2015 10:44 |  #4

Here's an alternative... a black Chrysler 300 posted by spot9 in The automotive strobist setup pic thread.


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Nov 30, 2015 14:06 |  #5

BadAppleArts wrote in post #17801504 (external link)
I follow your work on Flickr, I love your results. I assume your light is battery operated as well?

This is a little off topic but what did you use to light the splash shots on the 370z?

Yup, the light is battery powered, uses 3 AAs. For the splash shots, used 3x Yongnuo 560 speed lights.


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Nov 30, 2015 17:31 as a reply to  @ Tony_Stark's post |  #6

I currently have one of those but haven't had luck with finding a wireless shutter release and flash receiver that will work together for me.. That's why I was thinking of just going with the Ice Light.


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Dec 01, 2015 01:06 |  #7

BadAppleArts wrote in post #17802288 (external link)
I currently have one of those but haven't had luck with finding a wireless shutter release and flash receiver that will work together for me.. That's why I was thinking of just going with the Ice Light.

I have a pair of $30 Yongnuo Radio Receivers that work as both wireless flash trigger and shutter release. Worked with my 5D2 and 6D. They're called the RF 603.


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Dec 04, 2015 08:28 as a reply to  @ Tony_Stark's post |  #8

I feel silly for not realizing that mine is the exact same one you have and I never realized it had a wireless shutter release function.. I guess I didn't read enough about it. Lol.


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Dec 08, 2015 02:30 |  #9

I purchased one recently, but have yet made the time to test it out. I got mine for $350 on eBay new. I'll check back in once I make the time. I have been using a 4ft fluorescent garage light with led tubes powered by a vagabond battery pack. It's a nice setup but it's too bulky. Here are samples with it.

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Dec 08, 2015 22:38 |  #10

See these questions pop up all the time. The light source itself isn't that important really, it's learning how to apply the light to the paintwork that is the difference between an average and a great shot IMO.

As for exposures, for a completely dark ambient area I start with a baseline of 10 seconds, f10, ISO 100 and do some passes like that and adjust as needed. Typically for a car I do at least 6 exposures; 2 down the closest side, one on the front/back, and another behind the car to create a rim light. Then I do 2 separate exposures for the floor and background. Most I've done is 20 though so count 6 as a basic level.

If you're a photoshop user, combining them is easy. Just bring all the layers in and set the blend mode to 'lighten'. Then remove the excess light streaks that you don't want and even it all out.


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Dec 09, 2015 08:57 as a reply to  @ 98kellrs's post |  #11

Yeah I just know some people complain about light spill and situations like that when they make their own light or use one that's not right for it. Plus I know the longer I expose the photo the least little bit of light spill will cause something to show up that I don't want in the photo, like a ghost of me walking around the car.

I use photoshop and have seen people mention using the lighten blend mode and masking off. But thanks for the info on how to expose them, I'll definitely use this as a reference.


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Dec 14, 2015 11:35 |  #12

Finally was able to try out the ice light this weekend. I gotta say it works really good. Im not just saying this because its made for this and the price tag, but because the light actually is really bright, adjustable dimming and how compact it is. Not to mention the barn doors help a lot. I feel like the brightness helps a lot, especially when the sun is setting. I believe this light is 1600 lumens vs a sears / home depot led bar that has 200-400 lumens. In terms of setting, it helps a lot having a brighter light. But i still know you need some skill / technique like 98kellrs mentioned.


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Dec 15, 2015 09:02 as a reply to  @ se7enxn9ne's post |  #13

Yeah it looks like it has a nice color to the light as well. Looks pretty nice. I think I'm going to stick with the light that I have for now and see how it does. I appreciate all the responses though!


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Dec 13, 2016 12:04 |  #15

Wow I need to get on the bandwagon and start painting my cars with light as well... Love all these shots guys




  
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