This industrial lifestyle advertising image was shot for a major American industrial supply client as a part of an advertising imagery library building project. We wanted to show that our client would deliver repair parts anywhere and at any time of day in an emergency. The logistics for this image was interesting: We needed to get, all at night: 1 - A county employee with his 2 - County water repair truck at the 3 - Fire hydrant that I had selected 4 - We had to get permission to park the county truck in the home owner's drive. 5 - I wanted the location to be on a main road, to ensure we had traffic, 6 - I wanted to show some industry in the background, 7 - I wanted traffic cones 8 - I wanted a police car with the blue lights to 9 - Block the street The challenge in this type of imagery is to design the lighting. I knew that roughly 30-45 minutes after the sun set the skylight intensity would drop to match any lighting I was going to use. (the reason for this 15 minute range depends if there is any cloud cover and how dense the clouds are.) Knowing this allowed me to understand what I needed to do and where to put all of the elements to work. The "Issue" was this balance of skylight and artificial light lasts 5-9 minutes only. So everything had to be in place prior to this light window. Originally I was going to use strobes, but when it started to rain I changed my mind, see photos below. I pulled my car aiming the headlights to evenly light the back of the blue truck, I asked my assistant to aim his car's headlights on the white truck, and the 2 clients both had rental cars so asked them to aim them to illuminate the people and the side of the blue truck. We also asked the police to keep their headlights on too. We set this shot up and lit it in 12 minutes and shot 200+ photos in 5 minutes or 17 minutes total. The ability to pre-visualize an image in one's head is important. Steve's years of experience allowed him to to change direction in a moment based on new facts, in this case the rain, allowing us to get photos that "Work" on a high percentage basis. Also we had shot 18 other shots earlier in the day. All of which were outside and were at different water companies in 2 different counties. Some of these were variations of a master idea, but we were still working and moving. See the image below to see what we started with light wise. Keep in mind that a lot of the light is from the police car. My client's comments: "Cinematic lighting using car headlights."
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About the image

This industrial lifestyle advertising image was shot for a major American industrial supply client as a part of an advertising imagery library building project.

We wanted to show that our client would deliver repair parts anywhere and at any time of day in an emergency. The logistics for this image was interesting:

We needed to get, all at night:
1 - A county employee with his
2 - County water repair truck at the
3 - Fire hydrant that I had selected
4 - We had to get permission to park the county truck in the home owner's drive.
5 - I wanted the location to be on a main road, to ensure we had traffic,
6 - I wanted to show some industry in the background,
7 - I wanted traffic cones
8 - I wanted a police car with the blue lights to
9 - Block the street.

The challenge in this type of imagery is to design the lighting. I knew that roughly 30-45 minutes after the sun set the skylight intensity would drop to match any lighting I was going to use. (the reason for this 15 minute range depends if there is any cloud cover and how dense the clouds are.)

Knowing this allowed me to understand what I needed to do and where to put all of the elements to work. The "Issue" was this balance of skylight and artificial light lasts 5-9 minutes only. So everything had to be in place prior to this light window.

Originally I was going to use strobes, but when it started to rain I changed my mind, see photos below.

I pulled my car aiming the headlights to evenly light the back of the blue truck, I asked my assistant to aim his car's headlights on the white truck, and the 2 clients both had rental cars so asked them to aim them to illuminate the people and the side of the blue truck. We also asked the police to keep their headlights on too.

We set this shot up and lit it in 12 minutes and shot 200+ photos in 5 minutes or 17 minutes total.

The ability to pre-visualize an image in one's head is important. Steve's years of experience allowed him to to change direction in a moment based on new facts, in this case the rain, allowing us to get photos that "Work" on a high percentage basis. Also we had shot 18 other shots earlier in the day. All of which were outside and were at different water companies in 2 different counties. Some of these were variations of a master idea, but we were still working and moving. See the image below to see what we started with light wise. Keep in mind that a lot of the light is from the police car.

My client's comments: "Cinematic lighting using car headlights."

See the behind the scenes photo below.

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For Photographers

The Gear Canon camera using 1250 ISO and 1/60 second shutter speed using a Canon 24-70mm f2.8 lens set to 70mm and f2.8, sitting on a Sachtler fluid head supported by a Gitzo CF Tripod with a 75mm bowl.

The Light: Heavy overcast, dark, cold and in the rain. Since it was raining, I decided to not risk using strobes due to possible electrocution and damage. We used car headlights from 4 different cars.

See the behind the scenes photo below.

The image below was shot during scouting. I frequently will shoot scout shots to get an idea what lens I want to use and where the camera will need to be. This helps save time when we return to shoot the image.

This shows what the scene looks like without lighting added.

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We are based in New York City, Atlanta, Georgia, USA & Milan, Italy, and serve the nation and travel worldwide for projects, both video and stills. On average we travel 175 days a year from all over the USA, to Singapore to Japan, Europe and the Middle East. We are normally in Europe 2 or 3 times a year, mostly Italy and Germany, shooting for clients there.

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