How many of us dream of being a car photographer? Well count me in for sure; there is something inherently photogenic about a car that stirs the creative juices of many a photographer. Lee Howell turned the dream into reality by becoming a commercial photographer with clients including Porsche and Top Gear magazine. In this video he explains how he shot the sublimely beautiful Audi A8GT in Auckland’s Victoria Park Tunnel. This behind the scenes video shows in details what it takes to capture the images for high end car photography:
The secret to Lee’s stylish images of the Audi is the move and shoot rig, an amazing piece of equipment, especially designed for photographing moving cars and can be used to photograph the car from any angle from up to 15 meters away. The rig features a glass truss running from the car that allows for easy removal in the postproduction. The tunnel provides a fantastic background to the sleek and modern car and by using a combination of the rig and slow shutter speeds Lee can create images that give the impression of great speed, whilst in fact the car is only moving relatively slowly. The slow shutter speeds are achieved using stackable ND filters in a Lee Filter System and a circular polarizer as well.
By shooting tethered to a laptop Lee is able to check focus, framing and color balance on a good-sized screen, reducing the margin for errors and optimizing his shot time. All of this leads to in-camera images that do not require motion blur to be added in the postproduction.
In post production the best images are combined to eliminate highlights and shadows and a different number plate is added.
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