I'm the inventory photographer for a Nissan dealership and I have a lot of trouble getting good lighting on the interior of the cars I shoot. http://www.marlboronissan.com/New-Inventory.html Take a look at any car here that doesn't just have Nissan Stock Photos and you can see the issues I'm having. I have to take shots of the seats from outside the car, for starters. These shots always come out very dark, forcing me to use "Shadows" a lot in post, which throws off contrast and colors. Also when shooting the steering wheel, center console, and glove box areas, Things are often either very dark or reflecting harshly, and it looks very tacky and unproffesional.
Moving strobes around outside the car is not an option because I have to get through a dozen cars in a day of shooting, so I don't have time to be moving things around. I currently use a 580EX II (with a Fong dome) on my 40D. I have a 430EX (with Fong dome) that I can slave to the 580 but the problem is there is nowhwere in the cars that I can possition the 430, so it is triggered, without it being visible in the frame, or shining too harshly on certain areas. It's just too harsh a light to be used inside the car as a secondary slave flash.
One thing I've heard of, that can be used to light a car interior, is light panels. These are supposedly, thin, flexable panels that emit reletively bright, soft light. My understanding is that they are often used for film making where there is going to be a scene in a car and the people need to be illuminated naturally. The panels can supposedly be secured to the ceiling, seat backs, etc. The problem is I can't find any such lights. If anyone knows where to get such a light or has another idea of how I could get natural, soft-looking lighting in the car, it would be of great help to me.
Thanks in advance,
The idea is to take near the quality of pictures that can be seen in Nissan's Stock Photos, but of every individual car in my inventory. The whole process is very much a work in progress, with the interior shots being only one aspect. I realize that other aspects of the shoots are not at all perfect either.