Still posting images from a five-bike long studio session I did months ago. This is a Kawasaki Z750. One of my first bike to shoot was a Z750 (see here), so I am happy I had another one in the studio. The images were taken by employing my trusted homemade studio setup: Two large softboxes suspended from the roof beams of out carport, a black cloth serves as backdrop. Post processing these types of images is a pain in the @$$, since the black backdrop has to be painted black in PhotoShop. Up to 30 minutes per image, see a timelapse screencast of the process here. Markus, the owner, has a special gimmick installed on the engine block.
My photographic year has been dominated by motorbike shoots and I intend to keep it that way. Because it’s big fun and the results are very satisfying. In my last studio session I photographed my Yamaha and my friend’s Moto Morini (the faithful reader of this blog will recognize the bikes by now). I wanted to repeat the studio session and asked two other bikers if they were willing to get decent shots of their rides. And guess what – they were willing to do so. So, on the following week-end, I set up the studio setting in our carport again. I strapped the Quantuum studio flashes to the wooden framework of the carport. As you can see in the first image, the right softbox hangs a little lower due to the tilted roof of the carport. I pondered hanging the left softbox at the same height, but as you can see in the third image, the BMW is a tall fellow, so theleft softbox must hang a little higher. Actually I found this setup quite appealing, because the overlap of the two softboxes minimizes the gap between the two light fields. When I started taking pictures of the BMW […]
Following the positive response on my Ferrari FF post I got hold of another RC model car and took it into my studio. Again a red car, but this time it’s an Audi R8. In the studio I used a black backdrop, placing the model on a table which is also covered by the backdrop material. To separate the model from the background as much as possible (light from above illuminates the black cloth, thus revealing the texture of the fabric and ruining the illusion) I slid a box underneath the car. The less fabric is directly around the car, the less work in post to black out the background. The shots were made with my D800 and the 70-200 f2.8 lens. I shot at 200 mm and f20 / f22 to receive maximum depth of field. During the shoot I moved the lights around a lot, since getting a pleasing reflection on the car is tricky and requires some try and error. I have not distilled golden rules from my experiences (yet), so you just have to try out and see what looks good. If you are using studio lighting you will have a modeling light. This is pretty […]