Photo Workshop: Car Photography Tips, intro | overview

Uploaded by lynda on 18.06.2012

Cars are a lot of fun to photograph, but it's also a very difficult thing to shoot. Unless
you have the perfect day, it's almost impossible to get it right. You've got all these angles,
and reflections, and it's a really challenging situation. I think there is a tendency for
people to shoot a lot--we call it spray and pray--and just hope they're going to figure
it out in post. But my attitude about post-processing is that it should augment me doing my very
best in the field. I think the other really interesting thing about this car is the hood.
It's got this really long snout that just extends forever and ever and ever. So I am
already thinking with the wide lens that I am going to exaggerate that. I am going to
get dirty. I am going to be laying on the ground and shoot right up at it. When we're
shooting HDR, you want to make sure that you shoot at least one stop under and one stop
over. But I'll also go kind of crazy, one over, two over, three over, and we're going
to combine all those together and come up with a nice HDR. As you switch lenses, you
start being a little more challenged, but you also start coming out with more unique
perspective. This particular lens, it's pretty high contrast. One of the things that it loves
is all the detail and the sharpness with events and whatnot, but also that color. That red
is really going to pop. The key with any of this is you're trying to tell a story. You're
either trying to make something dramatic or interesting. In the case of car photography,
you're trying to say what the car is about. So, the reason that we're here today is to
teach people about Photoshop, and that's why lynda and Adobe got together for this. We're
doing a few things, we're taking out a little bit of distortion, we're taking out vignetting
which is the fallout in the corners, and we're taking out chromatic aberration which is a
really nerdy word for color fringing. The first thing you will notice is the Photoshop
CS6 has a dark interface. This isn't just a fresh coat of paint. Bridge is now 64-bit
like Photoshop, like Lightroom. A 32-bit application can address just under 4 gigs of RAM, a 64-bit
application can address as much as you can throw at it. It's just real-time. Now, normally
the way it would work is if we crop our image, that's that, we come back later, and we're
out of luck. Well, one of the great things here with the Crop tool is it's all non-destructive
now. I think a successful image here at the end is going to be something that not only
surprises someone who looks at the photograph, but hopefully the photographer too. For me,
it's really a collision of all of my passions, Photoshop, Photography, and Cars.