Architectural and Real Estate photographer servicing Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA.

Architectural and Real Estate photographer servicing Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA.

Road Rage BTS

Hey Folks,

I stumbled across an old .PSD file for a tutorial I was working on for this image and decided to show some of you how I did it. I took this shot almost 3 years ago, so I wasn't quite as Photoshop savvy and there are definitely some technical flaws in this. Lets get right into it. It was shot on my 50D with a Tokina 12-24mm f/4 for anyone who cares about that kind of stuff.

For the base image, it was shot tethered into Capture One where I tweaked the clarity and levels a bit. The passenger side window is cracked open a bit to run my sync cord through. My camera is sitting on my dashboard, and my laptop is sitting on the floor of the passenger seat.

For the base image, it was shot tethered into Capture One where I tweaked the clarity and levels a bit. The passenger side window is cracked open a bit to run my sync cord through. My camera is sitting on my dashboard, and my laptop is sitting on the floor of the passenger seat.

This is how I lit myself. The softbox coming in through the driver side door/windshield. You can also see the reflector in the back seat in the base image. I shot a speedlight into that to add some separation from the rest of the image.

This is how I lit myself. The softbox coming in through the driver side door/windshield. You can also see the reflector in the back seat in the base image. I shot a speedlight into that to add some separation from the rest of the image.

Next up, I lightened my eyes with a curves and hue/saturation adjustment and fixed up some skin issues. It's kind of hard to tell here, and I could probably leave this picture out, but I'm not going to. 

Next up, I lightened my eyes with a curves and hue/saturation adjustment and fixed up some skin issues. It's kind of hard to tell here, and I could probably leave this picture out, but I'm not going to. 

Now comes the other image that will be composited in the rear window of the main image.

Now comes the other image that will be composited in the rear window of the main image.

That's better, but the picture looks too static. Time to add some motion blur.

That's better, but the picture looks too static. Time to add some motion blur.

I created the motion blur look by taking a long exposure from outside of the car and zooming in and out during the exposure. After that, I added a little bit of a blur inside Photoshop, and cloned areas where necessary.

I created the motion blur look by taking a long exposure from outside of the car and zooming in and out during the exposure. After that, I added a little bit of a blur inside Photoshop, and cloned areas where necessary.

Lastly, I added a little dodge & burn, color grading, and sharpened the image. 

Lastly, I added a little dodge & burn, color grading, and sharpened the image. 

I know this isn't my usual body of work, but I like sharing how pictures are made. Remember, secrets don't make friends. Or something like that. Anyway, let me know if this is helpful or what images you'd like to see in the future.