PhotosGuy wrote in post #5521821
If you don't mind the merge to black, then that's fine. They're your shots.
Here's a hint though. I would never
ask them what they have time for. After finding out what they want, I'd say, "Gentlemen, here's how we're going to do this. I need an extra 5 minutes to get set up."
You pick up on some good points Frank.
I do like the shots this way and they are also liked by those that I give the shots too , and thats important because I really enjoy this type of shooting on cars and bike and want to build a portfolio of shots , this means attracting people to let me shoot nice cars and bikes and I would like to give them an image they want and like.
when using 2 lights run from the battery (travelpak) I tend to position a large reflector to just add a smalll amount of light around the rear wheel / underbelly area or on a car the o/s/f corner and this works well to give a small amout of separation , when I have mains available I will be sppoilt for choice.
On that particular shoot I had intended to set up the 4 lights but there was a lot of people and machines about and they were under time pressure to get off at around midnight , this meant the group shoots took priority , there were a number of other shooting options but I discussed not only time with them but also H&S health and safety , with that many people (including children) and bikes I was concerned about an accident and someone getting hurt which made the choice of keeping it simple easier for me.
So far I have mostly been doing this with individual cars and bike and small groups ,so this was quite a large group for me , I have a couple of nice car / bike shoots in the pipeline inc a New Aston Martin and a new Gixxer, the idea is i get the shots I want and they get shots they want , if they want more light I will add the reflector or if there is mains go to 4 lights if needed also if they want the shots with a bit of background i can drag the shutter a bit to let in some ambiant etc.
I can see where I'm headed and have a pretty good idea of how to get there so the next couple of shoots should prove interesting.