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Phillip A. Woodall
 

dark on dark


I have been asked to photograph the under side of a show car, trying to show the mechanics of the suspension, the under side of the car is as jet black and as shiny as the top exterior, when I take a photo all that shows is what ever is light or shiny in the frame, it would be like taken a photo of a black subject with black background fairly close, 3-5 ft.Is there a way to photograph this and get dimensional detail? It seems like I would need some light from several directions. Any help would sure be appreciated, Thank You Phil


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2/16/2005 9:14:42 PM

 
Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
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  "It seems like I would need some light from several directions. "

Maybe not several, but at least two. Off hand, I wouldn't make either one straight at it. Relative to camera looking at it as being straight at it. Best to put car up on stationary jacks, all 4 tires off the ground. If the screen were the front of the car and this angle of view were the same as looking at the suspension, a light to the side left or right, plus one down shooting up.
A light snake from the auto parts store could put light in tight precise spaces. You may not want to buy one just for one time taking pictures though.


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2/17/2005 4:02:04 AM

 
Phillip A. Woodall   Gregory Thanks for the help, I'll give it a try in a few days, there are tons of lights around that big shop. Phil


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2/17/2005 12:30:24 PM

 
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