A&P OTAP Strobist crew: what am I doing wrong?

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  1. 1992 240SX

    1992 240SX New Member

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    Every time I try to shoot a car I fail miserably:

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    I always like to take a pic of the set-up to remember where things were and to see where the light is hitting (in case I'm pointing it too low and I'm not noticing like in this case)

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    The photo was taken after I noticed I was pointing the flash too low and I raised it but Im still getting it too dark in the middle. They were both set to wide (24mm) but I keep getting the dark middle.

    I know they're snaps but I went out shooting knowing I wasn't gonna get what I wanted and knowing I was gonna post this tonight. What am I doing wrong?
     
  2. turbodude

    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    well first you are trying to mix horrible light. that street light and then the two flashes.
     
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    1992 240SX New Member

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    Well yeah, like I said, I went out with the intention to post this cause I'm getting so frustrated with not being able to light is evenly, otherwise I would've used tungsten gels and not had it right next to another car.
     
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    Killyin Vicariously I, live while the whole world dies.

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    Your strobes are only a couple of feet off of the ground. Raise them up and move them in a little bit.
     
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    Looks like you waited until the sun went down and then had to crank the power up on your strobes, creating very harsh light.

    The stuff like Brasher shoots is done when there's still quite a bit of ambient light left and the strobes are for fill and/or to overpower the ambient light, creating smoother lighting. Take a look at the behind the scenes on his blog (good stuff) and you'll see the difference.

    Also, that car is FILTHY. lol
     
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    1992 240SX New Member

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    Lol, I know, we just pulled over on the side on our way to Barnes and Noble so I could make this thread. I'll try to shoot mine just to practice in a little bit. So what Im hearing:

    Pull stands back
    Raise stands
    Shoot before the sun is going down completely

    Thanks for the responses.
     
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    first thing i want to say is :

    clean the car
    find a better location
     
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    Clean the damn car.

    I like to have my stands just right outside the frame. The stands would also stand taller than the car and point downwards. I also try not to spill too much light on the floor.

    my random thoughts.
     
  10. OlafBeserka

    OlafBeserka girls pee pee when they see me OT Supporter

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    This reminds me of my post when I was trying to do the same thing :rofl: Raise up your stands to about 5-6'
     
  11. Derrict

    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    I prefer shooting when there's enough ambient light mixed in with the flashes. Try again 1-1.5 hours before sun set.
     
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    1992 240SX New Member

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    No doubt...will do :cool:

    Do you have a pic of your set-up just so I can get a better picture of how they should be pointing and where the stand should be in relevance to the wheels?
     
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    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    I always forget to take set up pics.

    I usually place the flashes at 45 degree angles, pointed at wheels and headlights (or tail lights) to minimize the flash reflection on the paint. I have the flashes about 5-6' up, pointing straight out (perpendicular to the ground).
     
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    See that part I didn't know since usually people say "pointing at the wheels", I took it too literally. I tried it again with my car outside my house (cracked radiator so I can't move it til tomorrow :-( ). It looks better but I still need some help. Thanks.
     
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    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    I guess we can reword it as 'directed towards the wheel with the flash oriented straight out, not at the ground'

    The main thing is to keep the stands high enough so that they're oriented above the roofline of the car
     
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