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Black Nissan GTR parked outside a building during sunset

Wild Godzilla Appears!

After what seemed like a small eternity, winter seems to finally be over. The snow and salt are slowly making their way off the road, the freezing wind chill now down to a warm 60 degrees. This of course means perfect weather for shooting cars.

In order to start the season off right, we’re starting off with the Legendary GTR. We’ll let the photos do the talking. (more…)

Tim's Red GTi

Night Shooting with the GTi

I’m not sure what it is with me and Red GTIs, but I definitely will take what I can get. This is my first time really trying to do some night shots, getting the lighting correct was difficult. I had to do a lot of post-editing, which I hope isn’t too obvious. Overall I think it turned out pretty well. I wanted to try and accentuate the lights in the background. I really like going to places that are out in the middle of nowhere as well, that a lot of people wouldn’t think of. Might be good to revisit during the day time around sunset as well. I’m sure it looks gorgeous out by the water.

Hope you like the photos. (more…)

Grand Prix White RX7

Grand Prix White RX7

I’ve been building an RX7 for a while now and finally got around to doing some photos of it. I took it out on some back roads and used that as a location as a testament to it’s popularity as a touge monster. The sun was setting so I was able to get some really decent shots with the sun. It was hard to really get the TE37’s to show up well, so I hope I was able to do them some justice. (more…)

Edited Matte Blue S2000

The Art of Post-Processing

Photography encompasses a lot more than simply taking a good photo; often times a lot of editing is involved to turn a good photo into a great one. Proper setup, lighting and photo composition are all very important, but the thing that can give a little extra edge is known as: post-processing. While a lot of photographers like to let the camera do most of the work, there are just some things your gear can’t do on on it’s own.

BeforeAfter

Above is the before and after of a photo I shot earlier this year. Looking back at it now, I should have taken some of the reflections out manually, but overall, I think it turned out decently enough. Everyone has their own style and technique when it comes to editing photos. Understanding the functionality of the software is important in getting the look you want during the editing process.

Professional photographer Jeff Creech has shared some of his processes, which were nothing short of amazing.

The amount of work required for a single photo.

Post-processing is also used to help correct exposure issues, remove unwanted elements, or even equipment required to take certain shots, as seen below:

RSX Before
Rig shot by Michael Orlando | Proper Garage

I haven’t come across one single technique that is the same across the board for all photographers in regards to how they edit, and when asked, the laundry list of layers and workflow are often too long to list. However, sometimes what seems like even the most simple edit can change a photo entirely.

S2000 AfterS2000 Before

Going forward, we’ll talk about the specifics of particular editing styles and techniques based on things I’ve read as well as my own findings. Stay tuned!

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Night and Day Shooting Experience

I’m on the path of learning varying techniques for shooting in the daytime versus the night. I want to go over some of the things I’ve discovered, as I’m fairly new to photography.

With all photography, the key is lighting. I’m lucky in the fact that given the subject matter, there is a lot of trial and error in regards to proper exposure and aperture size since what I’m photographing is mostly static.

Getting better at adjusting for exposure and aperture on the fly become more imperative if you don’t have that luxury.

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I shot this at f/2 at 1/1250 exposure on a 35mm f/2 lens. Obviously at that setting, I’m getting good field depth and the subject remains fairly sharp.

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With this shot, I actually threw in a lot of the ambient light effects, as the original wasn’t sun drenched as well as the others; one of the things I’d like to work on is post-processing, as the effect isn’t as subtle as I wanted it to be.

In contrast, night photos are a little more tricky because not only are you worried about lighting, but properly illuminating the subject. For the future, I’d really like to get an external flash/lights and a wireless remote to reduce camera shake.

Acura TSX on VIP Modulars

I like the colors in this last photo, I just don’t think it was very well lit. From all of the photos taken this weekend, the reflections on the cars can be somewhat distracting, so investing in a polarizer or getting them out in post is probably important and something to think about.

Check out both sets in the gallery.