Thursday, 7 October 2010

Jim and the Kia

Had a day out with Eric sorting out some locations for the car and girl calendar shoot for the unit 212 working to a photographic brief, I/ Mr Steve, have decided that I shall produce some sort of calendar with images of classic or prestige cars with female models adorning these vehicle in period dress that suit the year of the vehicle. the cars we have managed to sort out are an E type Jag, a Bentley Roll Royce Corniche, a Ferrari and a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder. 

so with the cars sorted we decided to spend the rest of the day checking out what we need for the shoot, I wanted to use speedlite or studio flash with batteries and would attempt to underexpose the backgrounds and the put flash on the model and car to create an editorial style of shot. 

as we didn't have any flash cars to hand we used my trusty Kia Picanto, and I was sure that it would thrash the pants off all the other cars in the MPG department, some might say the looks....? well maybe not, anyway back to the subject... as we didn't have any models either we used the next best thing me and Eric.... 

We wanted a location that was out of direct sunlight so that the flash wouldn't have to work so hard. so we positioned the car under some trees on a shingle drive with no distractions in the background.

Canon 5D MKII and Canon 24-105mm f/4.0 L series lens, all manual settings
1/200 sec at f/8.0, ISO 125 and the flash at 1:1 manual mode fitted with wireless receivers.

The car was the worst colour possible for bad reflections, a softbox was put on my 580 speedlite  at the front, and a circular diffuser and a stowen diffuser on my 430 speedlite at the rear drivers side of the car

For the main shoot I shall be using my Sigma f/2.8 70-200 mm DG EX APO lens at or around 200 mm to further drop out the background into a pleasing blur, I shall also use a circular polarizing filter to help cut out distracting reflections. 

Here is an example of a before and after shots of a reflection of Eric in a Mac screen the first is without a polarizing filter and the second taken immediately after, the additional effect of these filters is that they reduce the amount of light they let though so you would have to compensate for this in your settings

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