PSD #1

This Photoshop was submitted by member Mark Brooks.

Mark Brooks’ submitted image

Mark achieved a very great result with a minimal amount of layers, which a perfect example of less is often more.

Key points to take away from this critique:

  1. Less is more, great job on the atmosphere and lighting, but when blessed with a nice background don’t take it out.
  2. Try to maintain equal lighting on the wheels on these profile shots.
Pepper’s adjusted version of Mark Brooks’ submitted image

PSD #2

This Photoshop was submitted by member Luka Jakopec.

Luka Jakopec’s submitted image

Key take away points for this photo with virtual motion:

  1. Pick and choose when and where to shoot a photo intended for virtual motion. If you’re in a scene with complex reflections and depth, you’ll make your job much harder when it comes time to pull off a realistic motion shot.
  2. As always, be very careful with your masks, make sure you have an accurate mask of the entire car, and be careful of the windows when you’re making background adjustments.
  3. Practice making accurate path blur lines when you’re doing a virtual motion shot. Multi-directional motion can really confuse an image as shown in the video.

For a more in-depth walk through on managing reflections, wheel spin, and path blur in Photoshop check out LiveClass Commune class “Full Automotive Composites”

PSD #3

This Photoshop was submitted by member Kyle Laurin.

Kyle Laurin’s submitted image

Really great concept and fantastic execution of a complicated shoot!

Key points to take away:

  1. Try to keep all of the colors throughout the frame cohesive, not putting small areas of random color here and there.
  2. When lightpainting, you want to only accentuate the lines of the car, not have overwhelming amounts of reflections making the actual car hard to look at.
  3. When color grading, boosting the blacks for a faded looks is generally not good practice with automotive photos.
Pepper’s adjusted version of Kyle Laurin’s submitted image