Post Processing for Automotive Photography By Tim Wallace and Matt Kloskowski

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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!

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Join Tim and Matt as they discuss the shots they will use in this class and Tim's approach to post processing.
Tim explains the purpose of each exposure he captured on location, and how they will all work together to create the final result.
Starting in Adobe Camera Raw, Tim works on fine tuning the first photo to get the best results on the car itself.
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.
Time for the capture that will serve as the background base layer to head into Camera Raw for basic processing.
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.
Tim shares a neat trick using blending modes to bring out detail with a great level of fine control.
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.
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.
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.
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Tim Wallace


Photographer Tim Wallace is the driving force and creative thinking behind Ambient Life. An award winning photographer his work is often described as both conceptual and dramatic. Tim works internationally with many high end brands and clients such as Aston Martin, Land Rover Jaguar and Morgan in the UK to Kenwood and Audi in the US. ...

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Matt is the Vice President of Photography for onOne Software and a Tampa-based photographer. He's a best selling author of over 20 books and teaches Lightroom and Photoshop at seminars and conferences around the world....

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  1. Profile photo of Papa_seb Papa_seb

    This course is amazing and exactly what I am looking for as an enthusiast photographer. Especially when added to the other courses led by Tim for shooting the cars with or without additional lights. Lot of thoughts before and during the shoot, minimal work on PS. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  2. Profile photo of Rita Odle Rita Odle

    This was an amazing series of classes on automotive photography! Really enjoyed the lighting techniques that Tim Wallace used and then the reflection of the car in the water he brought into the post processing. Learned a lot! Thanks for such a great course. Hope to see more of Tim Wallace in future Kelby Training courses! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  3. Profile photo of Richard Briggs Richard Briggs

    Excellent class!!! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  4. Profile photo of Matt Leitholt Matt Leitholt

    Great job Tim! Loved the techniques you use and that you don’t waste time on pointless things. Great technique, especially watering down the ground to give a reflection. I really look forward to more courses from you! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  5. Profile photo of Martin Zwick Martin Zwick

    Tims microphone sounds broken. Anyway a interesting course. Thanks a lot.

    Greetings from Germany / Martin Zwick —- Yes, please post my feedback

  6. Profile photo of photosbyaaron photosbyaaron

    This was an excellent episode and a great followup from the previous one. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  7. Profile photo of Tom Quinn Tom Quinn

    Wow! I am giving a standing ovation at my computer desk. What you did for cars and education, you nailed it on post production too. This is the icing on the cake! I hope this comes about on a DVD for a complete course!!! AWESOME! —- Yes, please post my feedback

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