I returned to the Tampa Convention Center for another commercial car photography shoot, this time though, with the added bonus of having a great model, Amber (her website). I was really excited about this project when contacted by the client and am very pleased with the resulting photographs. I have photographed cars before, and models too, but never a car & model together, thus the extra enthusiasm for this particular Tampa shoot.
I used my typical two speedlight strobist setup for all the shots. I mostly used the setting sun as a third, backlight source (see highlights on Amber's hair). To setup the shots I first directed the client where and how to park his Cadillac CTS. Then I showed Amber what type of pose I would like for the shot. Next I setup my speedlights around her. After this much setup the shooting part is easy, especially since Amber did her job very well. All this allowed me to put into a photograph what I first envisioned in my mind.
I do not normally use my speedlights at 1/2 power, which is a lot, but the sun was really strong so using 1/2 power created the amount of fill light I wanted. I also purposefully tried to create some lens flare in shots, as seen in the above photo. I also wanted to make sure to leave some color in the sky and not have it just washed out white. The Tampa Convention Center can be seen in the background.
I really like Amber's pose in the above shot. It was not easy for her to do so either while balancing on the front fender of the Cadillac CTS. I set my speedlights to only 1/4 power this time because I did not have to over power the sun to light Amber how I wanted to. Thanks again to the client and Amber for a very smooth, very effortless car & model shoot.