I would love to see a thread where people would be willing to share images before, and after, editing (and possibly a brief description of what was done).
Post-Processing automotive images can be a lot different than other subject matter. And this thread could be of great help to those of us still learning (and still very interesting to the more seasoned photographers among us).
If you don't feel like listing the steps, then just a before and after would be awesome!!!
I will start by sharing this image of a Lotus Evora:
It was just parked on the lot of a specialty car dealership and had other cars to it's right so I had to take an unusual shot of it and the background was boring and took away from it. It was also a bit underexposed.
*Unsharp Mask to sharpen it up a bit
*Adjustment layer (to change individual RGB channels for a cross-prossed look)
*Desaturated it a bit
*Duplicated the Background so as to use the Blending options to choose Screen (to lighten the underexposed image)
*To add more emphasis to the car and less on the extremely boring background I went to Filers>Distort>Lens Correction and moved to Vignette slider over to darken said boring background and to draw more attention to the subject.
*Went to Hue/Saturation to move to Lightness slider to the right to lighten the entire image a bit more while adding a slight "haze" to it (this is almost a must-do when working with a cross-prossed/slightly desaturated image)
*New Layer with a Lens Flare filter (the image had a real flare on the hood that was distracting). Adjusted the opacity of the Flare (lessened it a good deal to make it more realistic.
[IMAGE'S LINK: http://www.flickr.com .../54805847@N06/5491177881/]
Evora by Gafas de Nerd, on Flickr