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Old 06-09-2013, 06:12 PM   #1
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My Father's 330i (non-E46 content)

I have tried very hard over the past year or so to get black and white photography to work on cars, but I never could get it to work out the way I wanted it to. Every time I converted a color photo of car to black and white, details were lost and exposure and contrast became difficult to work with. I became convinced that car photography is all about color.

But then I started looking up how to artificially light a car for automotive photography. I've owned an SB-700 flash unit for almost a year and it NEVER occurred to me to use it on a car. I figured an artificially lit car would far better in black and white than a car in broad sunlight. So I went to the garage, set up my single flash unit, and fired away at my dad's Sonora Metallic E90 330i.

Boy was I right! The pictures turned, quite frankly, stunning (with the exception of the roundel shots. A black and white roundel never, ever, looks good). I spent a little time in Lightroom adjusting exposure and contrast, but I tried my best to get everything correct in-camera.

I hope you guys enjoy these shots as much as I enjoyed making them

Equipment used: Nikon D90, SB-700 flash, Nikon 35mm f/1.8 and 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6

















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Old 06-09-2013, 09:41 PM   #2
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As I've said before, stupendous work

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Old 06-09-2013, 10:35 PM   #3
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Nice work!
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Old 06-10-2013, 12:10 AM   #4
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Thanks a lot, guys! I appreciate the comments!
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Old 06-10-2013, 01:35 AM   #5
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Get yourself in an actual studio and see what that will do for the quality of your shots too =)
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Old 06-10-2013, 01:48 AM   #6
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Get yourself in an actual studio and see what that will do for the quality of your shots too =)
Oh there is no doubt a multi-light studio setup would provide 10x better results. But a multi-light studio setup can also cost 10x as much as my impromptu one-light garage setup. Photography can be a stupidly expensive hobby ahaha. I think I did good for a one-flash set. *sigh* If only I had the money for a real studio...
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Old 06-10-2013, 06:46 PM   #7
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awesome shots!
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Old 06-10-2013, 07:55 PM   #8
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Oh there is no doubt a multi-light studio setup would provide 10x better results. But a multi-light studio setup can also cost 10x as much as my impromptu one-light garage setup. Photography can be a stupidly expensive hobby ahaha. I think I did good for a one-flash set. *sigh* If only I had the money for a real studio...
Oh don't get me wrong either. The photos still turned out great, man Also the same lighting setup you used now just in a studio room could still make some awesome photos. You wouldn't have basketball hoops stands and garbage cans in your reflections It would make the photos that much more clean and professional looking. You could also use a system of light reflectors to get the most out of the single light setup you do have. Gotta bounce those photons!
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Old 06-10-2013, 08:09 PM   #9
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Looks great!

Wanna shoot my E46 Wagon?
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Oh don't get me wrong either. The photos still turned out great, man Also the same lighting setup you used now just in a studio room could still make some awesome photos. You wouldn't have basketball hoops stands and garbage cans in your reflections It would make the photos that much more clean and professional looking. You could also use a system of light reflectors to get the most out of the single light setup you do have. Gotta bounce those photons!
Oh hell yeah bro, you know it The trash bin/basketball hoop reflections were unfortunate, not even a CPL filter could touch em haha. Reflectors for a single flash, you say? Hmm, I'll def look into that! Sounds like an affordable alternative to multiple flashes. Thanks for the tip man! I'll definitely look into that for my next shoot

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Another Bay Area fanatic! I'd love to do a shoot, man. Shoot me a PM
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Old 06-10-2013, 11:42 PM   #11
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Just delete the hoop and trash. nice pics
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Old 06-11-2013, 01:36 AM   #12
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The more I looked at the first picture, the more it bothered me. So I re-shot it, this time at night to kill the reflections. What a difference it made!




The light isn't as soft as the daytime shot, but its definitely 100x cleaner!
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As I said before, CRISPY shots bro
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