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[HKD] The Little beetles

So … another “How Kirk Did-it”
This time featuring the little Beetles toy car.

[Strobist] Little Beatles

I got the car on taobao about a month ago just for fun… was thinking of doing a project with it.
but anyway .. here’s how i take the picture.

Use some “Pledge” (by Johnson, it is kinda like a spray on wax for leather and shiny wood furniture.
(http://www.pledge.com/) to polish the desk surface a bit, so it is a bit shiny.

then set the car on top of it.
[Strobist] Little Beatles setup
use a diffusion panel (can use any kind of semi transparent white cloth.) and mount it above the car.
above the panel, put a 430EX, at 1/4 power. trigger by RF-602
put a black plastic flag to block the light spill to background.
also put a black plastic behind the car as background.

this should get very close to the final image.
but i notice the license plate didn’t got too much light.
so i put a YN460 with a grid spot mounted, please right in front of the car, aim at the front of the car.
set it at just 1/16 power is enough. also trigger by RF602.

Shot it at ISO400 with 50mm @ F22.
you might as why i shoot at ISO400.. because it was suppose to be a test shot for my film camera.

So there you go.. The trick to get a nice metal surface clearly is to have a LARGE diffusion source above it.
so that the reflection of the light on the car is big enough to not causing any sharp spectacular highlight.

see you until next time!

Cheers

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