New here + automotive photographer

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Orlandoech, Jun 4, 2011.

  1. Orlandoech macrumors 68040

    Orlandoech

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    Im new here, just recently made the PC to MAC switch and am loving it.

    Anyway, I do freelance automotive photography, mainly for editorial magazines such as Modified Magazine, HondaTuning, Import Tuner, etc.

    Just wanted to share some of my work with everyone, here are some shots; for more pics and builds check out my website and blog. www.Orlandoech.com

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  2. Keleko macrumors 68000

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    Apparently you don't suck. ;)

    That 5th shot (the Honda) I thought might have a "dropped in" sky at first. However, I see it reflecting on the car body, too. I love how the sky looks in that one.

    Oh, and glad you're enjoying the switch!
     
  3. flosseR macrumors 6502a

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    agreed with Keleko. nice one, very cool shots..
     
  4. Mac Addiction macrumors newbie

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    Very Nice Pictures

    Your pictures are fantastic. Keep up the good work and good luck for the future.

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  5. xMClass macrumors 6502

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    I've seen a few of those photos before, good to see another automotive photog on here! Welcome!
     
  6. techie4life macrumors 6502

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    Great photos.

    Are you using a rig for the moving shots? If so, which one?
     
  7. Orlandoech thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Yes I am, its a custom made carbon fiber rig fabbed up by a CF expert.
     
  8. Orlandoech thread starter macrumors 68040

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  9. techie4life macrumors 6502

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    Woah, sounds fancy! Can you share a bit of your technique to remove the rig from the photo in post?
     
  10. Orlandoech thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Layers, masks, clone tool and patience is all the tools I use. Here is a short video of a rig vanishing. http://www.flickr.com/photos/orlandoecheverria/5149456433/in/photostream

    Here is an image build on a cover I shot for HondaTuning. http://orlandoech.com/blog/hondatuning-cover-shot-image-build/

    There is a lot of behind the scenes, before/after, image builds on my blog you can check out.
     
  11. tpavur macrumors regular

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    Can I ask how much a job like this typically pays when starting out?
     
  12. Orlandoech thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Varies per magazine, $500-$900 a job.
     
  13. Orlandoech thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Really great photos. I liked the break down on the Honda engine shot.

    Are you ever scared about your rig falling off?

    What camera and lens do you find you are using the most?

    Also what pp do you do to get the car bodies to looks so clean, sharp and reflective? Or is this all done in real life!

    Thanks
     
  15. JDDavis macrumors 65816

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    Welcome to the photo forum and cool shots. It was interesting to read about your process. I didn't consider a rig at first and assumed you were shooting from a second vehicle. The rig is pretty neat. I assume it's held on by suction. There must be a fine balance between being able to hold the gear on securely and not damageing the sheet metal on the car.
     
  16. Orlandoech thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Never scared about the rig falling off. If it does, Im always walking with it, so worse case is it opposite end Im attending to hits the ground (suction cup end).

    Im using a Canon 5D Mark II w/ Canon 17-40 f/4L for the rig shots and for static shots I use a Canon 24-105 f/4L. I always have the owner of the car detail the car just prior to shooting so the car looks clean. Reflections are actually a nightmare for automotive photographer, we always want the least amount of reflections while having the reflections be as clean as possible. But to answer your question, its a mix of both detailing and PP.
     
  17. Orlandoech thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Before I had a rig I actually did the "car to car" motion shots, but not any more.

    The suction cups are strong but they wont damage the car unless the weight of the rig is mounted to a very soft piece of the hood or roof. Ive never had it dent or tear the paint off a car however.

    Here is the rig mounted on a track car;

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    here is the final

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    Here are some other random behind the scenes or in-camera shots with the rig.

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