Took this photo recently. The car was under a tree in a sunny day. As a result, there were shadows on the car - much like a patch work. Is there anyway to over come this? Tried with flash but not helpful
Two200, you are not a photoshop person, right?
I thought you can PP them away? Hahaha....
I have no experience in this. Would personally also love to hear what the experienced members out there have to say.
Thanks for raising this thread, Two200!
Well maybe if your flash is a gigantic softbox inserted between the car and trees it's possible. I guess you can airbrush the colours in, as in picking the colour and then applying it over the affected areas. But you'll also need to replicate the gradient, the gloss reflections, the metallic nature of the surface. The final result would be a overly photoshopped image (assuming you managed to do all that) and entirely unrealistic because the ground would be patterned but the car entirely pristine or do you plan to clean up the ground as well?
1. hdr/ tone mapping would tame the high contrast.
2. wait for cloud cover.
3. drive to another spot.
other methods are not logistically possible for a single person:
1. set up an overhead butterfly (basically a silk like cloth fasten to a big frame and positioned over the subject)
2. large powerful flash units with/ without appropriate diffusion at strategic positions.
1. wait for better light (more even)
2. move the car
3. remove the tree
4. all of the above
can help a little only
Last edited by eyes; 8th February 2010 at 02:41 PM.
A car is like a giant, multi-facet mirror - it will reflect anything that is present. Even your reflection is in there somewhere.
If you want as 'clean' a shot as possible, do it in a studio built to handle car shoots, or look for a space with as little elements in the surroundings as possible, and select a time of day when the light is not so harsh, and hope that you don't have distinct cloud patterns in the sky.
Post editing can help, but that's a lot of torture involved.
Never thought of it this way... "radioactive"...
Now that I see it, it suddenly dawns upon me that many of my photos became radioactive after I did something to them.
Still, I think those are commendable efforts from ortega and eyes.
Opened up my eyes to what I can do to salvage my photos.
p/s waiting to see you zebra photos
Maybe CPL filter will help here? u can try that on.
What goes around comes around
graduated filter will not help also as there is no proper demarcation between the bright and the dark areas, so cannot reduce light from a certain half, so patch work will still be there
If I've got my hands on the original full size photo (& better still the raw version), it's possible to bring back anything dull or appeared blown within 2 and half stops. If done properly, I would say the process will take about 5 - 10 minutes depending on how meticulous the audience is.
Just in case you're wondering, the prints on the car makes good design for making into fabric being worn on a model- but that's another story altogether.