Photography: Lighting and Location

Posted by on Sep 19, 2013 in Blog | No Comments

This past weekend I had the chance to shoot my cousin’s Lexus IS350 and my brother’s GTi as a form of practice. Some of the photos came out a little under exposed, but I tried to fix it in post.

Couple takeaways from the experience that I’ve learned are:

Shoot with adequate lighting. Even if you can adjust in post-production, having good light especially when shooting at night is important. Next time if I’m shooting at night, I’d like to get some fill light on the subject.

Before

Before

After

After

While it’s a subtle difference, I feel that it illuminates the body a lot better.

Find a location to shoot before you shoot. Nothing is more annoying than getting kicked out of a spot because people don’t want you taking photos there (and you didn’t check beforehand) or wasting a lot of shooting time looking for a good backdrop. This is especially important if you want to shoot in the late afternoon just as the sun goes down. It’s such a small window, it’s easy to miss. We drove around maybe for 20 minutes before we got to a decent spot each time.

Take out unnecessary background elements. That, or just don’t shoot them at all to begin with. There are a lot of things you can do in post-production, but make it easier on yourself and omit certain elements from the shot if you can.

Removed lettering on door, color corrected and properly exposed.

Removed lettering on door, color corrected and properly exposed.

I’ve obviously still got a lot to learn, and this is pretty basic stuff, but important things to keep in mind when shooting.

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