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Automotive Image Editing/Post-Processing: Before and After

 
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Mar 02, 2011 10:24 |  #1

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:


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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.

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*Auto Levels
*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.


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Mar 02, 2011 11:11 |  #2

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Mar 02, 2011 11:18 |  #3

Snot rocket: Plug up one nostril and forcibly shoot the phlegm out of the other one by exhaling through the other nostril in a quick and decisive fashion.


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Mar 02, 2011 15:22 |  #4

Waaaaaay too much processing to list, haha.

Before:

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After:
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Mar 02, 2011 15:26 |  #5

Here an After and Before. Spent quite a bit of time on this one. Don't remember everything I did so I won't try and list it out.

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Mar 02, 2011 16:40 as a reply to  @ Hyland33's post |  #6

Before

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Desaturated background, increased contrast, centre fill light, vignette, cross processed.

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Mar 02, 2011 16:51 |  #8

I'll play. :)

Original, taken 2009 with a Rebel XT and the 18-55mm lens

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Mar 02, 2011 17:34 |  #9

I think that for this thread it should be required to post the steps on what you did so others can learn. Not just before and after. That's not very helpful for people trying to learn. I'll post one up and go through the steps shortly.


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Mar 02, 2011 20:45 |  #10

here is the only set of which i had a before-after image uploaded to flickr already, its a simply rolling shot, and as you can tell, there isnt too much post going on except for the rig-removal via the clone stamp tool, having the pleasure of shooting with a 5dii and some L glass really simplifies on the amount of post i have to do to make my images "pop" , the only thing i do aside from cloning is adjusting the levels, and running trhough a sharpening action

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Mar 02, 2011 21:23 |  #11

OP: thanks for creating this thread! I always see pictures in this section and wonder how they were able to create a certain look. Hopefully this topic catches on with people willing to share their craft/art/process with us.

JMartel wrote in post #11944598 (external link)
I think that for this thread it should be required to post the steps on what you did so others can learn. Not just before and after. That's not very helpful for people trying to learn. I'll post one up and go through the steps shortly.

Completely agree... All of these posts of before and after with no information, or "too much to list" are kind of useless. We get the point; you can PP...but the point of this thread should be to help teach others how you got from point A to B :)


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Mar 02, 2011 21:40 |  #12

yashart wrote in post #11945793 (external link)
Completely agree... All of these posts of before and after with no information, or "too much to list" are kind of useless. We get the point; you can PP...but the point of this thread should be to help teach others how you got from point A to B :)

I'll give a +1 to that!

Looking forward to hearing how people are doing it. I have never really done PP and this year I really need to start. Hopefully this thread will give me some ideas.


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Mar 02, 2011 22:08 |  #13

n should b a good thread




  
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Mar 02, 2011 22:51 |  #14

Some great stuff here.


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Mar 02, 2011 23:01 |  #15

Ok, here's mine. I did a re-edit of this for this thread. I think I like the new one better.

Out of camera:

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Changed the white balance
Played with the exposure sliders (recovery to 100%, fill light, up the clarity, up the contrast, reduce saturation, increase vibrancy)
Adjustment brushes (+0.50% exposure on the car, -0.60% exposure on background, some other small things)
Crop
Add a small vignette
Bring into photoshop
Get rid of the tree reflections using this technique: http://jeffcreech.com/​blog/?p=159 (external link) (you can see some of my lines, I didn't do a very careful job)
Copy entire photo, make a new layer and overlay. Opacity at 15%.
Sharpen photo by making new layer, overlay at 50% and high pass filter
Resize to 1024pix long
Smart sharpen filter to sharpen for web
Upload to flickr

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