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11/18/2009 11:02:21 PM · #1
hahahah If I could find an assistant to come with me i'd gladly pay them =)

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11/18/2009 10:53:53 PM · #2
Originally posted by Shutter-For-Hire:

That's starting to become a problem for me lately... I can very rarely get anybody to help me...

everyone is too busy, and even when they do have time, they are not as patient as me... they don't understand why it takes 4 hours to take a picture of a beer bottle... (for examople)

I get by on my own sometimes, but other times it's very tricky... I had to get the clients I'm photographing tonight to bring one of their friends to hold my light stand because I couldn't get anybody to help me out...

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Budget for an assistant...
11/18/2009 10:34:29 PM · #3
just an uupdate for anyone following this thread... I did one of my two car photoshoots, I used one of the methods discussed... it was quite tricky, but it's done.... =)

you'll find the image in the upcoming free study... ;)

i'll discuss it more in depth after the FS voting ends...

thanks everyone!

I have another car photoshoot this weekend... I'll post the photos from that one after the weekend as I probably won't be entering it in any of the challenges...

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11/14/2009 11:26:43 AM · #4
That's starting to become a problem for me lately... I can very rarely get anybody to help me...

everyone is too busy, and even when they do have time, they are not as patient as me... they don't understand why it takes 4 hours to take a picture of a beer bottle... (for examople)

I get by on my own sometimes, but other times it's very tricky... I had to get the clients I'm photographing tonight to bring one of their friends to hold my light stand because I couldn't get anybody to help me out...

=(

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11/14/2009 10:47:47 AM · #5
Originally posted by Shutter-For-Hire:

but once I start popping strobe flashes in there, it's only a matter of time before the cops show up... that's why I want to plan it out now because I gotta be quick... in and out before they can make it there =)


this is why it's good to have a few extra hands on set with you.
11/14/2009 12:10:52 AM · #6
Originally posted by david_c:

Originally posted by Shutter-For-Hire:

How do I Gel my strobe if I am using a softbox?

Ah. I see the AB's use a great, big gel holder in front of the flash-head. I'm assuming that prevents you from attaching the softbox? Me, I just slap on my Lumiquest FX gels in front of my flash, and then attach my "softbox" to my flash unit.

You're a resourceful guy, Eric...c'mon. Where there's a will, there's a way, right? ;-)


hahahaha...

I'm sure i'll come up with something =)

I'll have to do some test shots before I head out there... I kinda gotta remove a chain to let myself into a club parking lot to get this shot... normally it's no problem, but once I start popping strobe flashes in there, it's only a matter of time before the cops show up... that's why I want to plan it out now because I gotta be quick... in and out before they can make it there =)
11/14/2009 12:04:41 AM · #7
Originally posted by Shutter-For-Hire:

How do I Gel my strobe if I am using a softbox?

Ah. I see the AB's use a great, big gel holder in front of the flash-head. I'm assuming that prevents you from attaching the softbox? Me, I just slap on my Lumiquest FX gels in front of my flash, and then attach my "softbox" to my flash unit.

You're a resourceful guy, Eric...c'mon. Where there's a will, there's a way, right? ;-)
11/13/2009 11:39:37 PM · #8
good point... i'll try both... it's not for DPC, but i'll do one DPC friendly just for fun...

Thanks =)
11/13/2009 11:37:16 PM · #9
Take 2 shots. One of the city get it right and then put your car in place snap another. Of course you are not going to move your camera. Then use the power of PS to combine. If this isn't for DPC then no problem. It happens all the time.
11/13/2009 11:29:22 PM · #10
well, I Do have gels for the lights,

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Gels
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BUT they won't work with a softbox... how could you use a gel with a softbox? where would it go?

aside from that... I could poke a hole in the gel and use an unmbrella to bounce light onto the car... but I really like the way light from a softbox comes out....

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11/13/2009 11:28:27 PM · #11
Originally posted by Shutter-For-Hire:

Alienbees strobes... the one in the pic below...

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I'm not aware of a specific adapter that fits on the AB that would allow both gels and the softbox. The gel holders attach to the AB via a cone that attaches where the softbox speedring attaches. So the idea to use your speedlight with it's gel may work a lot better. The Paul Buff site might be able to help with an adapter that I don't know about (their customer service is great)
11/13/2009 11:21:47 PM · #12
Originally posted by Shutter-For-Hire:

Alienbees strobes...


Do you have any gels for them? If not you might want to use an SB flash and use your CTO gel.

Or...

You might want to try to find some if you're shooting at night.
11/13/2009 11:18:09 PM · #13
Alienbees strobes... the one in the pic below...

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11/13/2009 11:12:22 PM · #14
What strobe will you be using with the softbox?
11/13/2009 11:11:41 PM · #15
hahahahhahahahaha
11/13/2009 11:07:27 PM · #16
Originally posted by Shutter-For-Hire:

How do I Gel my strobe if I am using a softbox?


Sounds like a personal question, hahaha You might want to ask dad about this one.
11/13/2009 10:44:11 PM · #17
How do I Gel my strobe if I am using a softbox?
11/13/2009 08:27:07 PM · #18
Originally posted by david_c:

Originally posted by Shutter-For-Hire:

will I have white ballence issues with the city lights v.s. the soft box lighting on the car?

You could always set your white balance exposure for the city lights, and gel your strobe appropriately...i.e. if you're on a tungsten WB for the city lights, you would use a CTO gel to bring your subject back in line.


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How do I Gel my strobe if I am using a softbox?

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Message edited by author 2009-11-13 22:44:19.
11/13/2009 08:04:56 PM · #19
Originally posted by Shutter-For-Hire:

will I have white ballence issues with the city lights v.s. the soft box lighting on the car?

You could always set your white balance exposure for the city lights, and gel your strobe appropriately...i.e. if you're on a tungsten WB for the city lights, you would use a CTO gel to bring your subject back in line.
11/13/2009 07:59:29 PM · #20
re: losing spill from umbrellas.

Get some silver foil, drape it over the back of the umbrella.

It won't be pretty but it works and increases the amount of light going towards the subject.
11/13/2009 07:52:08 PM · #21
ok... Here's a pic I took for someone randomly when I was down taking pics of the city... I had no flashes or strobes whatsoever...

I want to re-take this shot for a new client using a soft box... here's my question.. will I have white ballence issues with the city lights v.s. the soft box lighting on the car? will they be easily fixed in Camera Raw by ajdusting the white balance in layers for the car separately than the city lights?

thanks

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Message edited by author 2009-11-13 19:53:36.
11/13/2009 07:34:09 PM · #22
Originally posted by Mike_Adams:

//www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtMQtAz250c&feature=fvw

Here is another method I think is fantastic if you can get the surroundings dark enough. Can be used on location as well.


That's pretty awesome!

I have to do a photoshoot of a Benz tomorrow... i might give that a try... it looks pretty awesome... easy too because you don't need a flash trigger... just pop the test button as you walk around the car...

Thanks!!!

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11/13/2009 06:51:55 PM · #23
Originally posted by ace flyman:

Love to have all that room. The height of my ceiling is only 8ft, makes it tough. You can get black covers over the back of the umbrellas to keep from losing light bouncing through them, helps you from losing light & you have more control over them like soft boxes.

Edit; when using my soft boxes I get as close as I can so to get a nice clean wrap around light on your subject. No further away than 5ft. or so


Take a picture of the black side of your umbrellas with your flash on. You shouldn't see any light. If you do then your losing light. It won't be enough to be a deal breaker but you still lose light there. FWIW I use them all the time.
11/13/2009 12:29:48 PM · #24
Love to have all that room. The height of my ceiling is only 8ft, makes it tough. You can get black covers over the back of the umbrellas to keep from losing light bouncing through them, helps you from losing light & you have more control over them like soft boxes.

Edit; when using my soft boxes I get as close as I can so to get a nice clean wrap around light on your subject. No further away than 5ft. or so

Message edited by author 2009-11-13 13:09:47.
11/13/2009 12:08:45 PM · #25
//www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtMQtAz250c&feature=fvw

Here is another method I think is fantastic if you can get the surroundings dark enough. Can be used on location as well.
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