Speed of Light Motorcycle Photography, with Tim Wallace

In this class Tim walks us through a studio shoot with a 100% custom Harley-Davidson V-Rod.

Tim Wallace is a commercial photographer known for his stunning automotive photography, but he is no stranger to all modes of transport. From super yachts to trucks and motorbikes Tim has worked with them in all corners of the world. In this class Tim walks us through a studio shoot with a 100% custom Harley-Davidson V-Rod. From building the set to placing the lights, and from making his selects to putting together the final composite, Tim shares tips and insights into the way he works at each step of the process.

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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Introduction (Duration 04:31)

Join Tim as he introduces the motorcycle that will be used in this class and discusses the topics that will be covered, before giving a walk through of the special studio setup he'll be using.

Lesson 2: Lighting (Duration 08:44)

Tim discusses the lights that will be used for this shoot and some tips for dealing with reflections.

Lesson 3: Positioning the Motorcycle (Duration 03:26)

You want to get the positioning correct before you start lighting the subject.

Lesson 4: Setting up the First Light (Duration 09:32)

This first light is likely to be the only one that will sit on its own, while the rest will all be positioned symmetrically in pairs. Part of setting up this first light will be dialing in the camera settings that he will use.

Lesson 5: Adding Lights in Pairs (Duration 07:50)

For this effect we want to position the lights on both sides of the bike in a symmetrical fashion that follow the angle of the motorcycle.

Lesson 6: Illuminating the Back of the Bike (Duration 09:42)

As each light is added it builds up the overall lighting effect. As each light is added you need to be careful to avoid contaminating the other lighting areas. Once all the lights are set, Tim takes the primary shot he's after.

Lesson 7: Extra Shots (Duration 12:01)

With the primary shot completed, Tim takes some time to see what other shots he can take while everything is still set up.

Lesson 8: Reviewing the Shots (Duration 11:54)

With the shoot done, Tim uses Bridge to review all of the shots captured and makes his selects. From there it is a jump into Adobe Camera Raw to begin processing.

Lesson 9: Dodging and Burning (Duration 11:58)

Bringing down the shadows and enhancing the highlights using different dodging and burning techniques is the next step in the process.

Lesson 10: Extraction (Duration 15:09)

Tim demonstrates how he removes a subject from the background before moving on to processing one of the extra shots he captured.

Lesson 11: Adding a New Background (Duration 12:18)

Creating the final look involves compositing in a new background and blending the motorcycle into it.

Meet Your Instructor: 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…


  1. Fantastic course! It makes you realize how much effort Tim puts into his work with great rewards at the end. Pity he hasn't made his presets available.

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