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#1 Henning Hoifodt

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Posted 23 October 2009 - 03:36 PM

Hi everybody,

My first post here at this forum. Seems like a good place to seek and share experience and knowledge, with a lot of inspiring people:)

I´m doing a night shot (pretty wide shot) of a car parking in the frontcourt of a suburb house. The scene will generally be lit by a medium size HMI (havent totaly decided how big yet, but I guess 2.5kW or 4kW). It will also be some practicals in form of outdoor lights in front of the house.
What I´m interested in is to have some interesting lighting at the car once it has stopped. I guess you know what I mean; with the reflections and light revealing the lines and shape of the body of the car, making it look elegant and "glossy". But at the same time it shouldnt look too staged.

Will it be best to have many small lights, or one big soft source to get those kind of reflections? Soft/hard light? is it even necessary to add more sources or will the 4K HMI might do the job for it selves? Anybody here done something similar who got some tips? :)

Some info:
Shooting on RED
Light avalible: 2x 4ft kinos, 4x 800w redheads w/chimera, 2x 300w laniro, 2x 2000w blondes and will probably hire a 2,5/4kW HMI
Paint of the car is black

Grateful for all help and ideas, thank you.

(the picture i found is sort of what Im looking for)

- Henning H

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Edited by Henning Hoifodt, 23 October 2009 - 03:38 PM.

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#2 Edgar Dubrovskiy

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Posted 23 October 2009 - 05:10 PM

I'm not sure if it will work in terms of realism of a night exterior.
But I have shot a car at night - we just stretched a muslin (15 ft above) and shine 2.5 HMI into it.
Creates some ambience + a nice thing for a car body to reflect.
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#3 Henning Hoifodt

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Posted 24 October 2009 - 06:57 AM

I'm not sure if it will work in terms of realism of a night exterior.
But I have shot a car at night - we just stretched a muslin (15 ft above) and shine 2.5 HMI into it.
Creates some ambience + a nice thing for a car body to reflect.


Thanks for the tip, ill try it out. If its not enough then at least I have som more lamps to experiment with.
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