Light painting has been a common method for automotive photography, but it is mostly demonstrated on car exteriors. On the other hand, shooting the interior of a car, by using the light painting method can give really good results that can be qualified as a high-end image. In this video, Moe Zainal shows his process from start to finish, including the retouching.
Capturing high-quality car images doesn't always require a crew and expensive production. With a single light source and a shutter remote, car exteriors and interiors can be photographed easily. As is known, a good image in commercial photography is a combination of multiple images, and light painting with a continuous light source is one of the common methods. In this 18-minute long video, photographer Moe Zainal, shows how he lights the interior of a car, how he selects the images for his composite and finalizes the image. Zainal uses Sony A7R II with a Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS lens, while controlling the camera with his smartphone. For light painting, he uses a Westcott Ice Light 2 LED Light stick. After he captures multiple exposures, he starts culling the images in Lightroom and combines them in Photoshop.
As this method is both simple and experimental, it can be tried with different continuous light sources, even with DIY light shapers. With proper selection and combinations, getting good results is inevitable.
So, what do you think about this method? Have you ever tried shooting car interiors or other subjects with light painting? Don’t forget to share your thoughts in the comments section below.