During the past year or so I’ve been incorporating the use of a strobe into the majority of my work. Even though there is still a tonne to learn and my technique is far from perfect, I feel like I’m getting more comfortable when it comes to adding artificial light into a scene.
Something I’ve been forcing myself to spend more time on lately is lighting details of the vehicles I’m shooting. Trying to do it in more of a “studio” setting – the word studio is in quotations because it’s actually my tiny garage playing the role of a studio.
From time to time I like to go back to past shoots and have a look through the images I filed as “b-grade” shots. Once in awhile, I’ll find a picture that isn’t as bad as I first thought during the original selection process.
The image below of RPI Equipped‘s Audi A7 Sportback is an example of one of those pictures which landed in the “nope” folder, but a year later I felt it deserved a run through Photoshop for some retouching – to be honest, I’m glad I did.
Here’s another one of my before and afters to show the post processing that goes into some of my images. This shot was taken over a year ago of Travis’ static Audi B6 A4 Avant rolling through the North Shore Mountains of Vancouver, Canada.
It’s been a month, if not longer since I sat down to create a blog post. And if you follow me on social media you may have noticed it’s been about the same timeframe since I’ve posted any content over there as well.
The initial plan was to take two weeks to unplug and spend quality time with my wife and kids while on vacation. The two weeks quickly turned into four.
It just happened, but I suppose I was ready for a break from everything internet related. Don’t get me wrong, I love it all, the instant access we have to anything and everything. But I think it’s healthy to step away from time to time to recharge and have a good look at the world right in front of us, not the one on the other side of a screen. And that’s what I did, and I have to say, I feel completely refreshed.