CLS Shooting Brake: Post Processing

Final Image | © Thomas Larsen Final Image | © Thomas Larsen

Wanted to share an image build from a recent CLS Shooting Brake shoot I just finished. One of my valued clients needed images of this car for an upcoming promotional / marketing campaign, and fast. With bad weather forecast for the coming days I decided to try a shot I've been wanting to do for some time – a tunnel rigshot.

Since we lacked a budget for proper location permits, it was impossible to set up and shoot the car in the tunnel, so the car and backplate were shot seperately, then combined in photoshop.

Below are my initial reference shots for the second image in this set.

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Only one light (AlienBees B1600) was used to light the car – the first image in the slideshow below shows 11 different exposures masked together for the desired starting point. This process takes some experimenting with brush sizes, hardness and opacity before you get the hang of it. Once you do though, it's a really nice and time efficient way to create images otherwise only possible with more lights – and assistants – than you could possibly fit in your car.

Once the seperate exposures were combined the car was seperated from it's background and aligned with the tunnel backplate. Notes were made of tripod height, angle and distance between car and camera to make sure the two images would fit together. During the post processing workflow, a lot of time was spent drawing a new shadow under the car, adding spinning wheels, cleaning up the body panels and adjusting highlights, removing snow and unwanted reflections using various brushes, clone tool, patch tool, healing brush and curves adjustments. Global and local contrast and color adjustments were then made to complete the image.

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    11 seperately lit exposures combined - Shot in a remote location at night

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    Background Plate - Shot seperately with similar height and perspective as original car image

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    Masked out car and roughly positioned onto the background plate image

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    Added realistic shadows underneath car, removed original ground reflection, wheel motion exposure, and overall contrast/brightness adjustments

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    Flipped image horizontally

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    Final Image - Added flare for headlights

Above is a step by step explanation of the post processing process.

* Use your arrow keys on your keyboard or use swipe touch gestures on the image to navigate.

 

Thomas Larsen

Automotive Photographer based in Norway

Website: 500px.com/larsenthomas

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