Friday, August 28, 2009

Start Your Engines!

Been doing some automotive photography recently. Thought I'd try my hand at photographing really large reflective objects. What can I say? I'm a glutton for punishment.

Quite a lesson in patience though. You would sometimes think a 3 hour photoshoot would be for a really picky client, or maybe some really big celebrity with lots of different looks and wardrobe changes. You don't typically think it would be for a car. But in reality, the picture above was the quickest shot taken in the whole Corvette series.

Inspired by a shot I saw on I decided to do something more complicated. Oh boy, complicated, just how I like things! A few hours later and about 18 or more frames, I wound up with all the building blocks of this shot:

It's not the most layered shot from the set, but it's the one that I like best. You can see more of these in the Automotive Section of DIGImmortal Photo's website

The next stop was a Mini Cooper. I took the shots dark, like the Corvette, and boy was that a lesson in patience. Large reflective objects are one thing, but large reflective WHITE objects.. whoo boy!

Nice right? You should see the bruises on my forehead from banging into a wall until I got this just right.

The client for this shoot is Italian, from Italy, came here when he was young, and bought the car because it reminded him of back home. So I decided to do something nice for him and exercise my Photoshop airbrush muscles. Came up with this:

Finally, last weeks job put me in front of a 1982 Fiat Spider convertible. Wanted to do this one in natural daylight and take a break from the brain-twisting chore of setting up lighting. Found a nice location that complemented the color of the car and snapped away. With no lights to worry about and a nice overcast sky to diffuse the light it took all of about 30 minutes. Much better than my more complicated setups. Here's a couple from that shoot:

I'm currently available for car shoots for as long as the weather holds up around here in NJ. I'm willing to travel if expenses are paid. Contact me through here or through with your shoot request. Make sure to include the year, make, model, and color of your car, and any extra details that are important, like any modifications or special paint types. Let me know what kind of look you're going for and if you have a location in mind, and I'll get back to you with a price. Every shoot includes 1 free 8x12 print, print prices are affordbale through my site.

Don't forget to check the Automotive Gallery on the site for more images from these shoots.

That's all for now, but more soon!

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