Speed of Light Motorcycle Photography By Tim Wallace

1 hr 46 min
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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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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.
Tim discusses the lights that will be used for this shoot and some tips for dealing with reflections.
You want to get the positioning correct before you start lighting the subject.
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.
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.
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.
With the primary shot completed, Tim takes some time to see what other shots he can take while everything is still set up.
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.
Bringing down the shadows and enhancing the highlights using different dodging and burning techniques is the next step in the process.
Tim demonstrates how he removes a subject from the background before moving on to processing one of the extra shots he captured.
Creating the final look involves compositing in a new background and blending the motorcycle into it.
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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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  1. Profile photo of Paul Paul

    Fantastic course, great sequencing, enjoyable and worthwhile.

  2. Profile photo of Jeffrey Eatley Jeffrey Eatley

    Thank you again Tim for spending some time with us! Now do a RIG class! — Yes, Please post my feedback.

  3. Profile photo of Stephen Stephen

    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. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  4. Profile photo of Gary Kieltyka Gary Kieltyka

    Really enjoyed this class! Very interesting. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  5. Profile photo of bmwcoffman bmwcoffman

    Great Session! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  6. Profile photo of Khalid_Bari Khalid_Bari

    Learnt a lot from this video, many thanks Tim.

    Can you re-iterate the other post processing video you recommended to watch too? —- Yes, please post my feedback

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