The Art of Automotive (Car) Photography - Advanced

Tim Wallace | Processing - Advanced

Car photography is, as most that have tried it will testify, complex in its nature at time with many lighting issues to overcome along the journey with light falling onto highly reflective curved surfaces. The work of Tim Wallace is globally recognised to be not only of a highly creative style and flair but also Tim is very well known for achieving much of his photography ‘in camera’ with the clever and adoptive use of lighting.
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 to start looking at shape, form and light and how they relate to each other, the issues that we are faced with when lighting a multi-angled reflective surface at a professional level. Working with multiple lights we will learn more of how light has a direct impact on what transposes through to our final image. During this studio shoot day we will also be looking at different techniques that we can deploy to get a range of lighting effects using continuous lighting for our car photography and also how these are very different to working with traditional strobes.
We will also be shooting outside on location together, we will look at locations, how we choose those and what impact that can have on the overall feel and final results that we achieve. How to place the car within the environment, what choices we should consider and why. We will be looking at 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. Working on location we will look at 'available light’ photography as a starting point from the view of a more ‘editorial’ output through to the deployment of professional strobe flash lighting into our scenes. Tim will demonstrate and guide you through how we can use lighting one location to totally change a capture and the overall final feel of a image as well as demonstrating and talking through flash modifiers, what options we have and how sometimes the most obvious choices are not always the ones that we should experiment with. We will work with a single strobe head and look at shooting dramatic, almost studio like quality, detail work on location and look at how this can be achieved quite easily and effectively when you don’t have a studio at your disposal. The day will also involve building up complex lighting setups using multiple heads with different modifiers in action to ‘build up a scene’ shooting in camera as well as alternate techniques that can be used to the same effect for those that may only be able to work with one or two heads in their normal day top day shooting.
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
Notebook and pen
Day 2 (Location Shoot) 
Digital SLR
Lenses – Suggested focal range of 28mm to 180mm
Memory cards
Tripod with ability to go low to ground
Laptop with Photoshop should you wish to edit also on the day
Notebook and Pen
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.

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Tuesday, February, 9 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Wednesday, February, 10 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 thorough understanding of this software. You may be a motivated amateur photographer or use Photoshop as part of your profession. You are looking to learn about advanced or little known features that can save you time and improve efficiency and creative outcomes.

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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