A&P Strobist car shot

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  1. Jcolman

    Jcolman OT Supporter

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    played with some of my lights tonight. I need bigger lights. These were not as powerful as I'd like for this kind of shot

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    Edit: I like this cropped shot better


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    int3rnal Active Member

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    Looks good, details on the light setup?
     
  3. Jcolman

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    Of course no car shoot would be complete without the myspace angle :mamoru:


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    Nice supercar. I think its difficult to light up dark colored cars in general, maybe you should try something much lighter, few strobes should be enough
     
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    Four strobes. Two sunpack 383's on stands about 15-20 from the car. One aimed at the passenger door, the other about 45 degrees camera right. A small peanut light behind the right rear wheel and a vivitar 2800 behind the left rear tire aimed at the wall.

    edit: in the first shot posted, the vivitar aimed at the wall did not fire.
     
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  6. Jcolman

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    I work with what I have. It's much easier to add more lights than to paint my car a lighter color. I really could have used a bigger light to light the wall behind the car to make it pop out better.
     
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    talk to me about strobes, strobing, etc. I guess I'll have to learn eventually. :o
     
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    Jcolman OT Supporter

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    They are your best friend when lighting. Much more useful than constant lights. They are not difficult to work with.
     
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    equipment used, locations, etc.?
     
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    here's another shot with the peanut light behind the left front tire.


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    I have five strobes. I use three pocket wizards to fire two of them. The other two have optical slaves to fire them and my fifth light is my 550EX that I use on the camera when situations call for it.

    I have two umbrellas and a softbox (which hasn't arrived yet). I also have a reflector and some bounce cards.

    Basically I can light just about any shot with these however I'm finding that for bigger shots (like the car shots above), more powerful lights would be handy. That way I could fire them thru silks to get a softer, bigger light.
     
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    Jhegro wtf is a jhegro?

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    asianguywithacamera seems to do just fine with his strobist setup when lighting cars. but i think u need more than just 2
     
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    I agree. That's why I have five.
     
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    I think the lights need more diffusion -- lotta hotspots.
     
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    For some reason the wheels don't look right...
     
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    and he updated the sticky :bowdown:
     
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    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    I use 3 btw
     
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    Jhegro wtf is a jhegro?

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    update your AV with your new wheels. they are hot. saw them on cr.net

    <------future NA miata owner
     
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    supercar :bowdown:

    needs 18s from the 08 z though
     
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    I agree. That's why I said in my first post that I need bigger lights. These 383's are not powerful enough to fire thru a softbox or umbrella set more than 2 or 3 feet back.
     
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    I gots 18's on it. I don't like the stock wheels from any year Z though.
     
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    I used to have a 350Z. The OG stock Rays were actually decent looking IMO.
     
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    Don't forget the ceiling. I have been able to use low power strobes bounced against the ceiling with good results. Concrete is pretty neutral but throw a gray card on the hood just to be safe.

    The second shot was bounced more off the wall/ceiling. Notice the spray insulation on the windshield, that is the surface of the ceiling. I was just playing around or I would have killed it with a CP.

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    That's a good idea. I'm also toying with the idea of buying a second set of background stands and arm so that I can drape a large muslin or white sheet over both and position it about 3 or 4 feet above the car. I could shoot three or four small strobes down onto it across the length of the sheet. However, I don't think they'd put out enough light. I think I'd need a couple of 1000w/s lights or larger.
     
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    I don't think you need more diffusion. If you angle them correctly and use the correct distance, you can minimize the reflections. I shoot mine without umbrellas/softboxes/diffusers and don't get the reflections unless I shoot it straight on. I hit the car at 45 degree angles, usually aimed at the wheels or lights. The stands are approx 12-15 feet away.
     

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