05. Classic car shoot on location

Cars are notoriously difficult to shoot not only due to their size but also the materials and various textures,they usually require a specialized studio and equipment. In this chapter Karl captures some stunning images of a car in a shipping warehouse with just some standard studio gear. This shoot perfectly demonstrates that it is often more about understanding than big budgets to get the job done.

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  1. To translate this into video can you do the same kind of clean up in After Effects that you do in Photoshop?

    1. Hi Paulian, i’m not a video expert so I don’t know about the same technique in After Effects i’m afraid.

    1. Hi Paul, we’ll be doing some proper car shooting tutorial in our own studio early next year. And the ideal technique will be to use much much bigger solid white panels that can be used further away from the car. You’ll see the reasons why during this shoot. Thank you.

  2. Can’t wait to see that Karl Dealing with all the things that can show up in the reflective panels and glass on a car in camera is a great challenge and your spot on that a bigger space is better Love your approach mate on your light shining products the wonderful gradient tonal lighting is just wonderful

  3. A true masterpiece of lighting. Would you ever use gels with this type of setup? I’m thinking of when vehicles, such as Ferrari, where they are associated with red.

  4. Loved this Karl!! Those were some amazing insights. I am an automotive photographer myself. Wanted to ask you, for shooting interior/exterior details of the car and maybe logos etc, will reflectors with grids and trace/scrims give an awesome effect? I have been using strip soft boxes. They do the job, but the highlights are harsh and evident. Please give your suggestions. Thanks a ton Karl.

    1. Hi Kartik, yes trace scrims will definitely help on those sort of details especially if they are glossy. See some of our product photography section for further info.

      1. Also, please do a full lesson on Automotive Studio/Commercial photography and retouching. Can’t wait for that. Cheers

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