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Looking for some lighting techniques/tools in small/confined areas

 
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Jan 15, 2010 10:11 |  #1

I’ve recently picked up a gig taking photos of various parts of automobiles (shop and classroom manual material). Shots outside of the car are easy, just throw them up on a light table and shoot away. But there are times when I need a shot under the dash, or even last night a seat belt tension mechanism (on location at a dealership, cant lug much gear around either). These shots are inside the vehicle and in most cases I can’t bounce the flash to get some softer light. I’ve been struggling with shadows and poor lighting in general. I know it can be done as I’ve looked around for this very topic but only find stock photography images with no explanation of lighting - Well nothing that exactly matches what im doing, but still in confined areas like shooting the gauges.

Anyone have any experience with this? Been searching around and my friend Google with my limited Google foo isn’t returning any results.

I will also point out - not a pro by any means. Had an opportunity, did some stuff for them and they wanted more.

*I didnt know if this fit in lighting or the automobile section so if it needs moving - mods please do so!*

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adding the gear im using right now
5D mark II
usually the 16-35 mk ii and sigma 150mm macro
430EX II and 580EX with a mini softbox
off camera cord and remotely triggering the 430 when needing more light


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Jan 15, 2010 14:20 |  #2

Not sure what gear you are using but here are a couple of thoughts. I'd probably use a 580exII with an off camera cord and a small softbox like the micro apollo for those times when the flash has to be direct. You also might want to consider a ringlight like they use for macro work.




  
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Jan 15, 2010 14:47 |  #3

gonzogolf wrote in post #9400122 (external link)
Not sure what gear you are using but here are a couple of thoughts. I'd probably use a 580exII with an off camera cord and a small softbox like the micro apollo for those times when the flash has to be direct. You also might want to consider a ringlight like they use for marco work.

Ive been using a 580EX and 430EXII fired remotely with a small softbox, i may try and either make a bigger one or just buy one retail. Works ok, but not ideal. I hadn't thought about the ring light though, that may be a possibility when im not shooting direct at anything highly reflective

thanks!


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Jan 15, 2010 21:59 |  #4

Take some white poster board and cut it to fit under the dash or just lay the poster board on the floor and bounce one or both your flash units off the poster board. You are working in tight quarters so you will have a hard time getting a large enough light source for direct flash. Even if using direct flash you can use poster board or aluminum foil to help fill in your shadows. Both of these items are cheap and easily cut or shaped to fit under dash.


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