This past week has been a busy one with both photo shoots and a weekend getaway with my wife minus the kids. Before hitting the road for our great escape from the city, I met up with friend Shaun Delro to grab some shots of his Xterra with the new lift and wheel/tire combo.
My main reason for photographing Shaun’s truck was to hook him up with some images for his use. But if I’m honest, it wasn’t all just for him. For anyone who has photographed a black car while applying artificial light knows how tricky it can be. All the paint wants to do is eat up and absorb that light. My side goal along with creating some images for Shaun was to work on lighting a black vehicle.
I wanted to keep the light from the strobe as subtle as possible and blend it with the available light. Luckily, the sky had a nice layer of cloud helping to diffuse the ambient light, which is always a bonus when photographing a black car with or without strobes. I used the strobe to help highlight details on the truck like the tires, step rails, and roof bars. I also used it to give some highlights along the paint.
There’s always a ton of room for improvement, but in the end, I was pleased with the results.
After the static shots, we headed out to capture some rollers. We didn’t have a third person with us to drive the camera vehicle during the rolling images, so I used a suction rig on the side of my truck and shot remotely with a pair of Pocket Wizard radio transceivers/receivers to fire the shutter while I was driving.
Some behind the scenes from the shoot.
I’ll be tested again lighting a black car this coming weekend where I’ll be involved in a lifestyle shoot that will include a black car. Stay tuned for a post following the shoot.
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www.jasonmanchester.com – Vancouver Automotive Car Photographer Jason Manchester