This Stag Estate is no weekend runner…

Well its been too long since I blogged last as I’ve been too busy and I’m sure while I’m sat on the train now there’ll be more posts coming…

This one is for last months cover shoot for Practical Classic mag. A great restored Triumph Stag estate… Even though as I’ve mentioned before each mag and article has its own feel and standard shots.

After saying that each location is different and brings its own challenges to capture some interesting images. I try and capture the opening DPS or the owner shot which takes the most time in general to create.


This was a double garage but the contents weren’t interesting enough to shoot inside. The sun that day was intense and blue sky. With the sun hitting the garage doors we had the sun to contend with. 2 lights used here, the green one was shooting through the fence on the right which a panel was able to be removed… (Happy days!) the one indicated by the blue was just to the right of me with a snoot. The areas circled is where the light was aimed.

Shooting at full power here to balance out the sun. The white line that I’ve drawn in the centre is what ‘m looking at as well for the centre crease of the mag. Not wanting to get any ‘important’ info lost in the crease.


This is the same set up but including the owner. Usually give 3-4 variants with the owner. Be it working on the car, stood, sat… again leaving enough space for titles, text boxes etc…


Using the sun while its there is the best form of lighting…


Don’t think I added any light to this as the Stag had a sun roof and so had enough illumination without any harsh sunlight (as we parked it under some trees which gave some nice dabbled light)


This was a little tricky as we kept going under trees, in and out of shadows…. still had to work it post to pull it out. Not the best but still acceptable for a fill shot.


The car in the same place as the shot shown first. One light brought in just over my right shoulder and another just out of shot hidden by the bonnet which was aimed at the owners left shoulder to give a key light with a snoot.


Plenty of detail shots to be had on the Stag but this was a decent one. Not yet wired in and connected but sat there with the same 8-track when the car was bought before restoration…..


This was a vertical shot that was eventually used for the cover and opening DPS. We were using a Triumph 2000 for the tracking car which seemed to sit quite low so with me long arms could hold the camera about a foot of the road surface.

Stag resto-1

This is the full framed image with minimal top and bottom crop… and one which I’m happy with.

You can see the final layouts in the In Print section of my gallery.

More posts to come in the hour!!!


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