Studio Motorcycle Photography Post-Production

Often when retouching, a lot of minor adjustments can make a big difference as a whole, which is exactly what you’ll see in this motorbike retouch.

Working from several images taken during the shoot, Karl takes you through his step-by-step process, demonstrating his workflow and the tools he uses to perfect the final image. You’ll learn how to work with multiple layers (and organise them for an efficient workflow); adjust colour, create your own background; minimise and remove reflections; and add overall contrast to the image using burn and dodge.

Some of the Photoshop tools used for this retouch include: Selection tools (including the Pen tool); Curves adjustment layer; Clone tool; Brush tool; Blur filter; Noise filter; Hue/Saturation adjustment layer; Healing Brush tool; Burning and Dodging tool.

In this photography class we cover the following:

  • Professional retouching workflow
  • Aligning multiple layers
  • Creating selections and using masks
  • Adjusting colour using Curves adjustments
  • How to change a background in Photoshop
  • Removing reflections in metalwork
  • Burning and dodging to add contrast to an image

This retouch can be broken into three main stages: Preparing images layers and initial adjustments (start – 37:55); retouching the background (37:56 – 1:22:50); and retouching the bike (1:22:50 – end).

You can watch the full shoot for this image here. To learn more about automotive photography, you may be interested in watching our motorcycle photography live workshop or classic car photography class.

If you are unfamiliar with any of the Photoshop tools used in this class, you can learn more by visiting our Post-Production section.

If you have any questions about this class, please post in the comment section below.

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