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Automotive Photography Using Flash
Tim Wallace
with Tim Wallace
Go with award-winning UK-based automotive photographer Tim Wallace has he goes on location to teach you the secrets of how to photograph cars with the minimum amount of lighting wh... READ MORE
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Automotive Photography Using Flash
lessons: 13 Course Lessons
duration: 1hr, 45min
published: 2013
watched: 1771 Member Views
Automotive Photography Using Flash
with Tim Wallace
Go with award-winning UK-based automotive photographer Tim Wallace has he goes on location to teach you the secrets of how to photograph cars with the minimum amount of lighting while getting the maximum effect. You'll be amazed at what you can do with a little bit of light, a little bit of patience, and a little bit of Photoshop. The three combine for making some incredible images, and you can start making photographs just like this yourself right away. You're going to learn a lot, so prepare to fall in love with lighting cars in this engaging, entertaining and informative class. BUY COURSE
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lesson 1: Choosing a Location (free course preview)

Join Tim on location as he introduces the concepts covered in this class and jumps right into walking through his process for choosing the location that matches his subject matter.

4min, 58sec
lesson 2: Essential Gear

This class is focused on using a minimal amount of gear, and Tim walks through what he'll be using for this shoot.

3min, 59sec
lesson 3: Positioning the Camera

The final photograph will be a composite of multiple exposures, so the most important step involves choosing the location for the camera and locking it down.

10min, 29sec
lesson 4: Begin Lighting the Car

Start with taking a base ambient exposure (without using the flash), then begin systematically lighting the car.

9min, 18sec
lesson 5: Adding a Rim Light

Adding a rim light along the far side of the car will help set it off from the background.

7min, 52sec
lesson 6: Lighting the Interior

Lighting the interior is optional, but is worth considering.

6min, 48sec
lesson 7: Lighting the Environment

Using a red gel on the flash from the vantage point of the brake light can be used to simulate light from the car, while using a blue gel on the flash to light the background can be useful for adding a touch of color to the scene.

5min, 34sec
lesson 8: Image Review

Back in the studio it is time to review all of the photos captured on location, start making your selects, and then begin working on your base image.

10min, 53sec
lesson 9: Layering in Additional Exposures

With your base layer started you can begin going back through your selects and building up toward your final image.

8min, 59sec
lesson 10: Bringing in the Interior Lighting

Using the same layer mask technique you can combine the exposure of the lit interior with the base image.

9min, 31sec
lesson 11: Bringing in the Brake Light

The next phase is to bring in the exposures made to simulate the brake lights on the car.

7min, 17sec
lesson 12: Bringing in the Background

Tim lit the background in two different ways (once with blue gel and once without), and now has to choose which look he prefers before layering it into the base image.

12min, 39sec
lesson 13: Enhancing Detail

The final phase of the project is to enhance detail in the image.

6min, 36sec
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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.
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