Need help with lighting Vehicle Rims!!!

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  1. JDoubleYa

    JDoubleYa TPF Noob!

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    I am shooting about 25 rims and am having a lot of trouble with the lighting. All i have at the moment are 2 hot lamps. What would everyone use?

    I have the Canon EOS 30D with the stock lense.
     
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    It's probably not a question of equipment quality in this case but how you use it. Are you diffusing the light at all?
     
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    I have a 4'x4' light tent that I am using at the moment.
     
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    Could you post an example then, and explain what's wrong if it isn't obvious?
     
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    Belwo are two examples. One the black background and the other with no background.

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    Im trying the get the following outcome minus the background colors.

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    Stick with the black BG, up the lighting power, and you'll be good to go. Do a little noise reduction or unsharp mask if you have to in PS. If you want to shoot with a white bg, you'll need to move outside the tent, probably onto a table, and add another light pointing at the background.
     
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    I've not shot anything exactly like these, but I think this is the way I'd approach it.

    As for lighting, my main light source would be to hang a roll of paper (9ft) in front of the product and then light the paper... probable hang a second roll on the other side too to control reflections.

    All of all the "shiney" stuff I've shot, I can't remember any that was round. That's an added challenge.

    Good luck!

    Pete
     

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