May 25, 2011 by Dave, under Uncategorized.
You can see the pieces that went into the composite above. The car and Kylé our model were shot in the parking lot behind our office and lit primarily from the overcast sky above. I added a couple side lights to create a little separation and to add some highlights to the car. The light on camera left was dialed up a bit higher and was in a medium chimera (which is a bit harder of a light than the big photek softliter on the other side) because I wanted the shot to feel like the sun was setting just out of frame to camera left providing a little bit of that 3/4 behind backlight that I Iove the look of. The final image in the series is a screen shot showing my layers palette. The majority of those layers are curve and saturation layers as once the whole image was composited together I spent a lot of time tweaking shadows, reflections and color tones. This process of micro adjustments is what takes the longest for me. It requires that I leave the image alone for awhile so I can come back with a fresh look – it’s also the part that really completes the “look+feel” of an image (whether it’s a composited shot or not). There’re no magic post production trick for this part of the process, just a critical eye and many tiny adjustments in search of “just-right”.
… and yes, I decided to make the car green intead of the original burnt orange color. This was accomplished by a fairly simple hue adjustment mask on the car. Why green…?? I just liked it better that way!