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Shooting a Chrome Surface on Location: A Video/Photo Lighting Tutorial by Jay P. Morgan

4/16/2013 ISO 1200 Magazine 0 Comments

In today's TSL lesson we are out on location in downtown Los Angeles shooting for Pilot Freight Services. We are shooting a composite image that will require us to shoot chrome on location. Our shot is for a print add that Pilot will run in consumer magazines.

We blocked off a lane on Hope Street in Los Angeles that looks into downtown so we could shoot our truck in the right position to match the comp. The image consists of 4 parts that we will be shooting separately including a chrome mirror on the Pilot Freight truck.

Shooting chrome is a reflection process. You want to reflect a nice white surface into the chrome and then light that surface. It's very similar to a mirror and is easier to light with a reflection of a white surface than to shine light onto the chrome surface itself. It's been a great shoot.

I hope our chrome lighting techniques are helpful to you.

Keep those cameras rolling and keep on clickn'.

by Jay P. Morgan  |

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