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Photographer’s Perspective: Paul Bostrom Photography

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Shooting the Lamborghini Countach with a single $30 light source from Home Depot.

By: Paul Bostrom Photography


I’m sort of an ironic minimalist when it comes to just about everything. I have more big expensive gizmos than I really care to, because sometimes I need all of them. But if I can get the same results by using less, I will. That gives me more time to spend getting an awesome shot instead of dragging gear around.


Here’s what I did with with two fluorescent lights from Home Depot.

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My ingredients list: 

Two 120V 30W Fluorescent bulbs

Two light sockets wired to a single plug

One stripbox (can be made out of cardboard, duct tape, and aluminum foil, or a long fluorescent lightbulb, covered on the back)

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Power source

A dark warehouse

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I put the two bulbs inside of the stripbox and taped off the back so no light would leak through. I used fluorescent lights instead of a strobe, because they’re significantly brighter than the strobe’s modeling lamp (for 1/25th of the price).

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The camera was on a tripod, tethered to my Macbook Pro, and set to a 30-second exposure. I had an assistant trigger the shutter, and I flipped the light on and walked the it over the car, and then off, keeping the motion really smooth. Even though I walked in front of the car, I don’t show up in the image because I am total darkness to the camera. The camera only picks up what is illuminated. The motion is illustrated in my incredibly artistic drawing, below.

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The trick here is to avoid shining any light from the source between the car and the camera. Imagine a line tracing from outline of the car back to the lens. The light source should never go inside of that line. It leaves a trail, and the editing process gets ugly if the light trail goes in front of the car.

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I later edited out the trail with photoshop’s sample & clone tool, using nearby elements in the photo to cover it up. With this side shot, there’s not much of a light trail, so it was pretty easy to edit out.

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Here’s the final image. 

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Photos and Article by: Paul Bostrom

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