Here is a short behind the scenes video showing how I used a few Speedlights to make a commercial shot for Riders Bristol of their one-off Harley Davidson 48 custom. This bike is now offered for sale should you wish to put some magic in your life.
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I used a Honl petrol green gel to light the background
I used Honl ⅛ grids on two of the flashes to create pools of light on the bike. Flash set to B was used to light up the crankcase of the bike as the matt black paint on the Harley just soaks up the light.
No metering was used. I set the background to be about 2 stops under and added the background light (D) to taste. That worked out at full power. I then switched that off and lit the rear left of the bike and the front tank areas. I found both flashes looked best on the same setting so I assigned them to ‘A’ at ⅛ power. The front wheel needed some life so I added another low flash and assigned that to C.
Once it was lit I made this video and too the shot. I also fired off some close ups for my client for advertising purposes.
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