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The Process: Car Composite Deconstructed

May 25, 2011 by , under Uncategorized.

I posted this shot the other day saying I’d follow up showing a little bit of the process of creating the image – so here you go…

You can see the pieces that went into the composite above. The car and KylĂ© 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!

One Response to “The Process: Car Composite Deconstructed”


Comment by Jessica Sweeney.

Wow. I assume this was for a job? As it seems like a lot of work to go to on a whim. They didn’t mind you changing the color of the car? I agree that the green works better for me than the blue. It gives the whole image a calmer tone.

By the way, I loved your recent work from Tunisia.

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