What is the process for creating a Light Painting?
If you are located a reasonable distance from my base of operations (Northern Virginia) we will meet prior to photographing your car to create a plan. In addition to having a car that you love, deciding where to light paint your car is an important decision that will have an impact on the quality of your final image. There is no charge for this initial meeting. If you live beyond a reasonable distance for an initial consultation we can work out a lot of the details via phone and email.
After our initial meeting or discussion, we need to schedule a time to light paint your vehicle. Either prior to or at the time of of the photoshoot you will be required to sign an agreement and property release. A deposit for services will also be required prior to or at the time of the photoshoot.
I will arrive at the location about 30 – 60 minutes prior to sunset. We usually start the process of light painting about 20 minutes after sunset. After the location shoot has been concluded I will start the process of compositing the images in Photoshop. Depending on the complexity of the shot and composition, completing the composite (final) image can take several hours of labor. It is my hope to complete your image within a week or two of shooting. However, there may be certain times of the year where this process will take longer due to other commitments.
The completed image of your vehicle will be posted on a private page on this site for your review. The image will not be available for downloading. Once you approve of the final image we will have the image printed to your specifications for delivery. Payment in full will be required at the time of the print delivery.
How many images will be created during the Light Painting session?
Generally between 1 and 2 compositions total will be created. Each composition may require as many as 100 images to be sure we have perfectly lit every component of the scene. With each composition taking 30 minutes or longer it is not practical to generate more than just a couple of compositions for this type of work.
What Size Prints Do You Offer?
My standard fee includes one 20 by 30 inch print with a metallic finish. Additional prints, print sizes and print media (metal, glass, etc) are available at an additional cost.
Do you do car photography other than Light Painting?
Yes – Contact me to discuss your needs. Fees will vary depending on the simplicity or complexity of the session.
Can I just have a jpg image for posting online and not worry about the print?
Sorry, but the answer is no. We strive to create works of art and as such believe that art is best printed for display. After I receive final payment, we will happily supply a low resolution and watermarked image so you can share on social media. High resolution and non-watermarked images are not available for the standard fee.
Since this is my car, I can do anything with the final image correct?
Sorry to say, the answer is no. Each image is a creation of mine and as such I retain the copyright. If you need images for publication or other uses contact me. We should be able to easily work out the details.
Why do you require a property release?
I may decide to use your image in promotion of my business and as such I require protection in the form of a property release. It is not my intention to sell or otherwise market images of your vehicle for commercial publication or sale. As such the release does not extend my rights to sell images of your car beyond editorial or promotional work. If such an opportunity were to exist I would get back in touch with you, in order that we both benefit.
For something simple like a photograph all this seems rather complicated.
I understand. First remember I am not creating a snapshot. I have may years of experience, professional equipment and work to maintain high production values. I view creating an image of your car as a project and as such it requires planning and professional execution. Due to the world we live in I think it best to have all the terms of our business relationship in writing, this should help avoid any misunderstandings.
I love your images, how can I book you to photograph my car?
Use the contact form to send an email or call 703-829-5405 and we will get the process started
Will you travel outside of the DC, Virginia, Maryland area to Light Paint my Car?
Yes – Depending on the distance, this would require a higher fee. Let’s talk about it.
So how much will this cost?
My starting fee for light painting is $500.00. Typically a Fifty percent deposit is required to book a photo session and the balance is due at the time you order your print. If the amount of the deposit is a concern I am willing to negotiate, however, the balance must be paid in full prior to the delivery of the print.
How will the print be delivered?
After approval of your image and receipt of the balance due I will have your image professionally printed. The images are first delivered to me, in order to assure the quality of the print. Once I am satisfied with the quality of the print I will make arrangements to either deliver to print to you in person or have the print shipped to you.
Is my satisfaction guaranteed?
Yes – The last thing I want is you having a bad experience. If you do not like the proof image of your vehicle, you do not have to make the final payment that would typically be due prior to ordering your print. Your deposit will not be refundable since I have expended considerable effort in creating the the proof image. I will still retain the property release to use images of your vehicle on my website, etc.
If after receiving your print you decide you are not happy, simply return the print to me and I will either have it reprinted or issue a refund of your second payment. If after a second reprinting you are still not satisfied and I feel that I am not able to resolve the issue, I will return your second payment after receipt of the print.
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