Automotive Photography is always tricky. There will come a time when you want to use a spot you know you’ll never get access to. You would either A) Need a rather large budget or B) Giant balls to sneak off a few shots. One way I’ve been able to overcome that issue is to composite a photo into the setting by using previously shot back plates. It’s not ideal, nor a particularly fun way to go about getting the shot you want/need, but sometimes you have to take matters into your own hands and just get it done.
The back plate – Raw.
The composite result of the car.
Some fine tune adjustments on the car, cloning, airbrushing, color corrections.
Final product, after some more color and contrast adjustments, lighting/flares and more cloning and cleaning.
Hopefully now you can see that even though it’s pretty easy to spot and understand that this is a composite, it still takes quite a bit of work to even shoot in the most simple location. We’ll always improve on our flow and ability to make something surreal/real with practice. This is only the first in this set, stay tuned for more image builds in the future.
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