Rolls Royce Photography
I recently did a wedding at the Phoenixville Foundry, which is a really amazing place to shoot a wedding. Our bride and groom did the Rolls Royce thing, and it was an ultra-clean classic Rolls that became an integral part of many of the photos. Needless to say, when you rent a car like that for the day, you want to include it in a lot of photos. One sequence I did, however, stood out to me. Of course, off-camera lighting made the photo significantly better than it would have been had I just snapped a photo with my flash on top of the camera. Talk about “Paradise by the Dashboard Light!”
The idea was pretty simple. I wanted to get the outside of the car properly exposed using the ambient light, and then underexpose it by about a stop and a half in order to make sure the inside went dark. Then, I placed a triggered strobe on the bride and groom’s LAP, and aimed it towards the ceiling of the car at about 1/4 power. Once I get everything the way I wanted it, I had them kiss and took a few great photos. I brought the photo into Lightroom and corrected for the slightly underexposed car and did some edits to the interior of the car. A dodge here. A burn there.
Remember that just one light can completely change the way your photos look, and sometimes that makes all the difference! This was an easy technique, and ended being more of a good idea than a lighting challenge. Sometimes the best shots are right under your nose. Eagle-eyed viewers will notice the bridal party in the reflection of the chrome mirror on top of the car closest to the camera in the shot above.
Nothing like a little Rolls Royce photography at the Phoenixville Foundry! Check out some other photos featuring the Rolls below!