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Thomas Boudewijn's picture

2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

The reïncarnation of the legendary 300SL Gullwing.
Those wing doors are just epic!

Generally I only detail shots, occasionally I shoot full cars using the FDL Technique. This time I also did not want a dark background so I tried a composite.

Full car shot using the FDL Technique.
Multiple exposure shot combined and composited in Photoshop

#carfineart #fdltechnique

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Chris Jablonski's picture

Do I take it that you used your FDL technique on this Merc in that showroom-like setting, Thomas, as the camera position looks identical?

Thinking about your technique makes me suspect this is possible. I've assumed until now that you had an automobile-studio environment to work in, but maybe there's another whole advantage to this approach I hadn't thought of.

If you could get the first image from the environment shown in the second, I'm even more impressed! Well done.

Thomas Boudewijn's picture

Thank you so much Chris, and yes thåt is the biggest advantage of FDL. You can do it anywhere, anytime, no studio needed. Shot taken on the showroom floor.

Christoffer Olsen's picture

Do you plan to make some tutorials on this?
Awesome shot, Thomas!
I've tried with a big softbox, speedlight and a diffuser in the middle of the car and the softbox, but still get hard edges. Do you have some tips? Thank you

Thomas Boudewijn's picture

Hello Christoffer. Thank you!
I am doing workshops recently, on location and online. Would that be something? I have not made a tutorial yet. Hope to make one soon.

My tip for you: Instead of the big softbox try a smaller light source/modifier like a standard beauty dish and keep everything as close to the car as possible. That should mostly remove the edges. Let me know what you think or send me a dm.