You can’t have a car feature without some amazing details shots of the car, right? Recently, Ben Hosking from Hosking Industries shot a VH SS Holden Commodore for Street Commodores magazine. Some behind the scenes video was taken of his process.
Ben was also kind enough to give all gear info and setting for each setup. Each set varied a little, sometimes adding the occasional gator board to remove reflections and add some more fill light. As you can see, all this was done with a Canon 7D, EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 lens, EF 24-70mm lens, and some speedlites, which made it easier to move the lights around without having to move the subject. You could also achieve similar results with some studio strobes, but a big, fancy studio setup is not needed to produce some quality photos. Controlling lights can help elevate your detail shots to the next level.
During my shoot with a Scion FRS, I used some speedlites for the detail shots I did for an upcoming feature on Spekture. I used my two Canon 430EX II speedlites without the white shoot-through umbrellas for this engine bay shot found below. The white umbrellas can be used to soften the light as well as spread it out a bit more. On your next automotive session, bring out your lights and test out the differences between using the umbrellas and not using them to see which you prefer.
Do you have any automotive shots? Share your images and how you lit them in the comments!
All photos used with permission of Ben Hosking.