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Country Luxe Defender - the build up

April 21, 2017

Having recently completed a promo shot for the Country Luxe Defender (built by Chelsea Truck Co) I wanted to show the steps that go into a shoot like this. With less-than-ideal restrictions on the shoot itself, sometimes you have to get creative in post to get the level of result you need.


Here is the base image, ambient light only in the location I was restricted to and with a 30min window to shoot multiple images before the vehicle is collected.

 Multiple light-sources introduced to imitate natural sunlight through the window, with a rim-light to bring out the rear wheel. The main advantage of this is genuine shadows to replicate over the next steps.


Multiple areas marked for textures and backplate.

 Initial textures added, shadows introduced.


Effects introduced, including the sun flare and supplementary lighting for the rear and roof. Smoke and colour also added.


Some darkroom adjustments. Wheel colour refined,

 Sun intensity/colour refined. Overall colour refined. Initial clean up of reflections.

Final image. Colour refined further, edges softened, depth of field refined. Further darkroom adjustments and final clean of reflections. Mirror reflection added.




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