[FS Original] Shooting The Lamborghini Aventador With Blair Bunting

[FS Original] Shooting The Lamborghini Aventador With Blair Bunting

Fstoppers.com has featured some great behind the scenes videos over the years and showcased amazingly talented professional photographers in our Fstoppers Originals series. Recently Patrick and I were invited to Scottsdale, Arizona to expose the secrets of commercial photographer Blair Bunting. When Blair invited us down to Loft 19 Studios, his idea was to shoot something big, expensive, and one of a kind.

Blair is probably most known for his photographs of Darrelle Revis, Mike Tyson, Brett Michaels, Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch and Mythbusters, and tons of sports portraits (remember the strobist post?). So it was a bit of a shock when Blair suggested we film him shooting one of the first Lamborghini Aventadors to ship to North America. We weren't as familiar with Blair's car photography (he does a lot of it) but who were we to say no to shooting Lamborghinis out in the desert?

One thing Blair wanted to show in this video was how to cleanly light a sports car in the studio while also giving some practical tips on how you can light a car on a budget. For the studio shot, Blair used a 30' Chimera Softbox fitted with 4 Profoto Heads as the main "key light". The idea is to use a huge soft light source from above to paint on a soft specular highlight across the entire car's length. This accents most of the cars unique features and showcases the overall design of the car. Then using Profoto Pro 7a packs and single heads fitted with various degree grid spots, Blair kicked in narrow beams of hard light into sections of the car that were not properly lit from the Chimara above the car. It sounds a little overwhelming saying this car was only lit with nine lights, but honestly, high end car photography like this is often lit with an ungodly amount of studio lights and power packs.

Blair Bunting is famous for his crazy lighting setups but he also wanted to show how to light a car with a single light and a long exposure. Using only a Chimera Stripbox fitted with a constant light, Blair use the light painting technique over the course of a 10 second exposure to produce an image that in our opinion rivaled the full studio shot. It's pretty unbelievable that with some well crafted sweeps of the car, anyone can produce a well lit image that comes close to the much more expensive studio look. You can imagine how good the final image would look if you combined a few exposures and tightened up the thin stray lines of light caused from the light painting technique.

The final retouched image below was shot with the Nikon D3x DSLR camera and Blair's favorite lens of all time the Nikkor 24-70 2.8.

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Blair Bunting responds to his Critics HERE

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Lee Morris is a professional photographer based in Charleston SC, and is the co-owner of Fstoppers.com

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I really wish you'd straightened the front wheel before shooting. Very, very distracting.

Looks like a really good pencil drawing now...

Judging from the comments, there are a lot of people who don't know what an HDR is.


Saw this on Youtube and just had to come check out the site...  great work here.

Fantastic work! People are saying the original were better, but in my opinion, both are really really interesting!! Great shoot and great pos-processing =D

Hmm..this is one the best cars on the planet.  Can't see why anyone would complain with handmade work from Italy?  Stunning; beautiful, and only a few are able to drive such a vehicle.  

thanks i'm beginning to learn about shooting cars. as a female photographer shooting models and fashion it is so fun to learn a new perspective. this video helped me alot keep it up!

Where can I find that image of the Shelby Daytona Coupe in the video?