So here’s a blog by a wedding and portrait photographer and the first real post is about a car shot. So… what gives? Well, it’s not something I get to do everyday, and it just happened a little while ago so it’s still fresh on my mind.
As you can see by this picture I like to be prepared. We loaded the van with every possible tool, clamp and cord. As it turns out, however many extension cords you have it’s not enough. Also, it doesn’t matter how many you have when there is only one outlet in the entire warehouse.
This was a great opportunity to geek out and use some really big strobes and softboxes. I was able to rent Speedotron gear (I think it’s fantastic when a flash has enough power to kill a man). When power is set to the maximum setting the flash makes a little poof sound – I love that sound.
Here is the setup for one of the detail shots of the rear trim panel. I was shooting tethered which means the camera was connected directly to my laptop so that the art director could see the image on screen right away. It’s much easier to see what’s going on on a 15″ screen versus a 2″ screen on the back of the camera.
The wall was constructed of foam core and was mainly there to control reflections. You would be amazed how reflective a black car can be. The guy in the shot is the detailer. This is the end of the day and he’s removing the license plates.
So after the shooting was done I brought the images into Photoshop for retouching and handed them off to the art director so that he could clip them and put them into his layout.