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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.
This class is focused on using a minimal amount of gear, and Tim walks through what he'll be using for this shoot.
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.
Start with taking a base ambient exposure (without using the flash), then begin systematically lighting the car.
Adding a rim light along the far side of the car will help set it off from the background.
Lighting the interior is optional, but is worth considering.
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.
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.
With your base layer started you can begin going back through your selects and building up toward your final image.
Using the same layer mask technique you can combine the exposure of the lit interior with the base image.
The next phase is to bring in the exposures made to simulate the brake lights on the car.
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.
The final phase of the project is to enhance detail in the image.
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…