The Art of Automotive (Car) Photography - Intermediate

Tim Wallace | Processing - Confident Beginner

Car photography is in its essence the capture of a product in a dynamic and creative way to show the cars features and allow the viewer to feel inspired and connected to the vehicle.
There are many forms of car photography within the industry from the fast action dynamic shooting of racing through to the brochure and billboard work that focuses on well presented overall car shots and detail photography of the cars features. The way that we light and shoot a car changes the feel and view of it hugely and in this 2 day intimate workshop we look at many of these different aspects and how we can work with light and our camera / lenses to get the emotional feel and capture that we want to achieve.
We will be shooting in a professional car studio using continuous lighting looking at shape and form and how light has a direct impact on that and how that then transposes through to our final image, we will begin to get a better understanding of light and the problems that we face when lighting a multi angled reflective painted surface. We will also be shooting outside on location to look at how a location choice can assist in our overall feel and capture, looking at car position, the impact of shooting at different distances and positions as well as choices of focal length and aperture and how these can impact on our final images. Whilst on location we will also look at adding flash strobe lighting to our scenes, how we can achieve this and how this dramatically changes what we can achieve from this in our final image working with both multiple lights to working with just a single light for those that perhaps only possess one light to work with, working to show techniques that can be used to get the very best from these.

Tim will be offering guidance and advice through out the 2 days and you should bring our own camera equipment as suggested below as you will be shooting alongside Tim and putting into practice what you learn as the two days progress.
This two day workshop will be both dynamic and exciting and it is a rare opportunity to spend two days with a seasoned professional car photographer who’s work is truly global and encompasses work with such major high end brands as Aston Martin and Jaguar.
2day workshop

What you should bring

Day 1 (Studio Shoot)
Digital SLR
Lenses – Suggested focal range of 35mm to 80mm
Memory cards
Laptop with Photoshop should you wish to edit also on the day (for your own use - not covered in class)
Notebook and pen
Day 2 (Location Shoot)
Digital SLR
Lenses – Suggested focal range of 28mm to 180mm
Memory cards
Laptop with Photoshop should you wish to edit also on the day (for your own use - not covered in class)
Notebook and Pen
'Nice to have items’ - Neutral Grad filters, cable release


About the Instructor
Tim Wallace

Automotive photographer Tim Wallace is the driving force and creative thinking behind Ambient Life. An award winning photographer his work is often described as both conceptual and dramatic. Tim works internationally with many high end brands and clients such as Aston Martin, Land Rover Jaguar and Morgan in the UK to Kenwood and Audi in the US. His work has been published globally and was recently named by as one of the UK's most creative photographers. Tim's view is a little more straight forward, a man who's known for his down to earth attitude, his feet are firmly on the ground and his desire to produce creative work is one that he has been driven to from a very young age when he first picked up a camera, "Photography is for me simply a creative passion, the ability to use light and form to capture in a single image what I see in my own imagination..." He is the humble recipient of many awards including International Advertising Photographer of the Year 2010, UK Motor Industry Photographer of the Year 2010, Hasselblad Photographer of the month Oct 2010, Professional Photographer of the Year 2009 as well as receiving Distinction Awards for his work from such professional boards as the RPS.

Saturday, February, 6 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Sunday, February, 7 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Booking Closed
Who Should Attend

You are currently at least at the level of shooting in Aperture or Shutter priority modes and can use the basic features on your camera confidently to create a correct exposure.

You have a basic understanding of the entry-level image adjustment features of this software and can apply simple enhancements to your work.

You are looking to consolidate your understanding, increase your repertoire of tools and learn some more creative techniques.

This session is limited to 12 students only


If you are not familiar with using flash, please make sure you book yourself into GPP’s regular Small Flash 101Studio Lighting 101, or equivalent before you take this workshop since the instructor will not be able to cover the basics for you.

A 10% discount on these workshops is available for those who book this class - please contact us to avail of this offer once you’ve made your booking into this workshop.

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