I want to work on my lighting skills. More specifically I want to work on my skills using a single flash, and then layering the shots together to light the whole car, in photoshop.
Up until now, when I lit a shot I would involve a bunch of lights, softboxes, the works. All this equipment makes shoots take longer, AND it limits when and where I can shoot.
So here is my first attempt at lighting with a single light and then combining the images in photoshop.
I took this shot very early in the morning at dawn. So the background and sky are not darkened in post. That is how dark everything would have been with no lights.
I took a single exposure with no lights to get the background.
Exposure with nose lit.
Exposure with the front corner/wheel lit.
Exposure with the side lit.
Exposure with the rear quarter/wheel lit.
Then I made my white balance, contrast, and other basic adjustments in LR, and copied the adjustments to all the images involved.
Then with the unlit background shot as the base, I brought each lit image as a new layer over the background. I applied a Layer Mask to each layer and painted out the parts of each layer that did not apply.
More important than critique, I would like any info you have on how to speed up or improve the workflow for an image like this.