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Inspired Light and Automotive Photography
Tim Wallace
with Tim Wallace
Professional photographer Tim Wallace takes us on set to show us the ins and outs of car photography. Learn everything you need to know to ground the car in its environment and lig... READ MORE
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lessons: 7 Course Lessons
duration: 41min
published: 2012
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Inspired Light and Automotive Photography
with Tim Wallace
Professional photographer Tim Wallace takes us on set to show us the ins and outs of car photography. Learn everything you need to know to ground the car in its environment and light it correctly. <br> <br> This class is perfect for any photographer interested in learning about automotive photography. BUY COURSE
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lesson 1: Introduction (free course preview)

Join Tim as he provides an overview of the course and discusses some of the challenges involved with photographing cars. The location in which a car is placed is vitally important to the message you are communicating in the final photo.

5min, 47sec
lesson 2: Planning Ahead

Tim talks about the gear he uses every day on the job while planning out how to light the car by looking at the curves, shadows, and reflective surfaces, which will determine where to place the lights.

6min, 21sec
lesson 3: Choosing Your Shooting Position

Committing to a position is an important first step, which will give you a starting point for deciding where to place the lights needed to achieve the desired final image. Once Tim chooses his shooting position and angle he can place the first key light.

9min, 34sec
lesson 4: Placing the Second Key Light

Placing the second light is all about lighting the front of the car while balancing it with the ambient and first key light.

3min, 59sec
lesson 5: Placing a Third Light

With the two key lights in place we can see how they work togethe, and then look for what new problems need to be solved. The first problem is adding focused light to the front wheel.

6min, 25sec
lesson 6: Adding a Background Light

The job of the background light is to help separate the car from the darkness in the background, but also to add environmental texture and tie the car to the location. Shooting the car at a low angle allows you to hide a light out of sight behind the car.

5min, 9sec
lesson 7: Putting it All Together

By committing to our original shooting position and angle we've been able to build up the lights one at a time to reach the final shot. Now it's time to take the shot and call it a day.

4min, 2sec
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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.
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