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Post Processing for Automotive Photography
Tim Wallace
with Tim Wallace
Matt Kloskowski
with Matt Kloskowski
Commercial photographer Tim Wallace is joined by Kelby Training's own Matt Kloskowski back at the computer to get a first hand look at Tim's workflow after returning from a shoot. ... READ MORE
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Post Processing for Automotive Photography
lessons: 10 Course Lessons
duration: 1hr, 10min
published: 2012
watched: 1092 Member Views
Post Processing for Automotive Photography
with Tim Wallace
Commercial photographer Tim Wallace is joined by Kelby Training's own Matt Kloskowski back at the computer to get a first hand look at Tim's workflow after returning from a shoot. Tim takes you through every step in his process of editing a series of exposures taken during his Environmental Light and Automotive Photography class and putting them into a final master image. Along the way you'll learn professional tips and tricks for using Camera Raw and Photoshop that you can put to work on your own images right away! BUY COURSE
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lesson 1: Introduction (free course preview)

Join Tim and Matt as they discuss the shots they will use in this class and Tim's approach to post processing.

2min, 24sec
lesson 2: Analyzing the Frames

Tim explains the purpose of each exposure he captured on location, and how they will all work together to create the final result.

3min, 32sec
lesson 3: Car Exposure

Starting in Adobe Camera Raw, Tim works on fine tuning the first photo to get the best results on the car itself.

5min, 8sec
lesson 4: Tweaking the Front End

To tweak the exposure on the front end of the car, Tim takes the original raw photo back into Camera Raw with the intention of blending it into the base exposure of the car back in Photoshop using a layer mask.

7min, 11sec
lesson 5: Background Base

Time for the capture that will serve as the background base layer to head into Camera Raw for basic processing.

5min, 56sec
lesson 6: Blending the Background Layers

The background layer is crucial to the atmosphere of the photo. Using a layer mask to blend the 2 processed versions together allows for the best mix of shadow and detail.

5min, 15sec
lesson 7: Bringing Out Detail

Tim shares a neat trick using blending modes to bring out detail with a great level of fine control.

7min, 56sec
lesson 8: Merging the Car and the Background

The surface of the car reflects the background environment, so it is important to blend the exposures together before making final tonal adjustments to make the results seamless.

9min, 11sec
lesson 9: The Floor

During the actual shoot the last frame of the day was made after wetting the floor with a hose to create a shot with the car's reflection in the surface of the floor. Now it's time to process the floor shot in Camera Raw, then bring it into Photoshop and blend it into the final image.

13min, 7sec
lesson 10: Closing Tips

Tim wraps up the class by sharing a few tips for adjusting the shadows and highlights without touching the color while working on a new photo from a different shoot.

10min, 46sec
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Tim Wallace
meet  Tim Wallace
One of the World's Foremost Automobile Photographers
Tim Wallace is a commercial advertising photographer based in England. He works with many high-end clients such as Jaguar, Land Rover, Mercedes, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Ferrari, Chevrolet, and Mustang. He is able to capture the beauty of the car along with its personality and soul. Tim has won awards such as British Commercial Photographer of the Year and UK Motor Industry Photographer of the Year.
Matt Kloskowski
meet  Matt Kloskowski
Lightroom Guru & Landscape Photographer
Matt is the founder of Matt Kloskowski Photography and Training. He specializes in outdoor, landscape, and nature photography along with editing with Photoshop, Lightroom, and ON1 apps. Matt was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame in 2014 and is the best-selling author of over 20 books. Matt loves to educate others and spends much of his time teaching seminars around the world.
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