Archive for November, 2009

Building an image with multiple exposures

There are alot of people out there that just cant wrap their minds around the fact that many photographers use multiple photos to create a single photo. Most of the time it just cant be done with one shot, atleast not by me lol. I have gotten into a good habit of doing many different exposures with different lighting set-ups for one image. This helps me cause I dont have enough strobes to light the body of the car, the wheels and front grill. I make do with what I have! This is also helps you avoid blown out skies. In this blog post I will show you the five images I used to build my final product and tell you what parts of each image I used. Just a little sneak peak at what I go though after the shoot.

This exposure I stopped down and used no strobes. I did this to get a decent sky and background….which I used in the final image
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For this one I strobed the side of the car…which I used in the final image…
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Here I strobed the wheels…which I used in the final image…
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With this exposure I strobed the front grill…which I used in the final image along with the side windows because they have less reflections…
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I used this photo cause the windshield looked better…
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After “piecing together” these 5 shots I went about my editing process as I normally do adjusting contrast, saturation, burning and dodging and playing with the levels and curves. I also cropped and rotated the image and this is what I ended up with…
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If you go back looking at the five images I used to build this one you can clearly see the parts of each photo that i pulled to make the finished product. Hopefully this post enlightened some people on how much work it takes to get a decent photograph and inspired other photographers to stop being lazy and do what it takes to step their work up a little. Multiple exposures….alot of work and time consuming but the end result is very much worth it!

Please take the time to leave me a comment and let me know what you think, good or bad!

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Ask and you shall receive

On a few different forums I was asked for desktop wallpaper images of Ryan’s Graphite Grey Evo MR. So here ya go guys! If you need a different size shoot me a PM or email at chad@chadbeephotography.com

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Nikon Girl Music Video…..EPIC!

VERY funny video, maybe not safe for work because of some curse words and sexyness LOL I watched it like 5 times, thought it was hilarious!

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Run for your life!!!!!

When I first laid eyes on Roberts R35 GTR it was just how it rolled off the dealership floor. We got together did a little shoot, I was still very much a noob to photography at the time. Even though im still on noob status I have progressed over the past year and a half…..and so has Roberts GTR. This car scares me. It looks so freaking evil that when I glance at it I just want to run for my life lol because it has the attitude that its going to murder me, maybe Im being a tad dramatic but Im sure you see it as well. Here is a desktop wallpaper sized image of the evil looking GTR. If you need a different size shoot me an email at chad@chadbeephotography.com.

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Trying to save a P.O.S.

I had the pleasure of shooting an extremely sexy C6 Corvette on 20″ I-Forged wheels today. This change of time really messed me up, I forgot how fast it gets dark now. Instead of having 30-45 minutes of that “perfect rig shot lighting” right before sunset I now have 10 minutes LOL. I was able to get one rig shot before dark and when I got it in photoshop I was not a very happy photographer. I worked with what I had and I am pretty sure the car owner will still be happy with it even if I am not…..

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Here fishy fishy fishy…..

I got a Sigma 8mm fisheye for a few days, I was doing a photography job which included a panorama and everybody knows a fisheye is the best option you have when doing something like that. I just had to play with it a little more than i was supposed too though lol I was short on time so I used my blazer and didnt strobe it, I know….I suck.

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The lens is neat, its different, and it gets old fast. I mean if I had a D3 and every big baller lens I ever wanted then yeah Im sure I would buy a fisheye. The thing is, while its a cool little lens, the effect and the distortion got old to me quickly. With a price tag of around $850 I could thing of alot of gear I would much rather have. Thats my personal opinion though, if you do alot of pano’s, landscape or real estate photography then you gotta have a fisheye. In the end, while its not something I would buy for my camera bag, it was fun playing with it for a couple days.

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