Zonda Model Photo Comp

PAGANI ZONDA DIE-CAST MODEL PHOTO COMP

THIS SECOND MAKING-OF FEATURE IN THE PAGANI ZONDA DIE CAST PHOTOSHOOT SERIES LOOKS AT THE PROCESS OF PHOTOGRAPHY AND IMAGE COMPOSITION TO CREATE THE ZONDA GARAGE FEATURE IMAGE FOR GRAFIX GARAGE’S WEB SITE.

CLIENT: Grafix Garage

November 2014

STAGE 1 ~ CREATING THE BACKGROUND SET

A few shots were taken at night of  a local storage shed as reference for an early concept of the car positioned in front of garage doors.  These shots form part of the background composition in which the Zonda model will sit.

Background location
Background location ground detail

Concrete wall texture elements were gathered and comped and overlaid to create a back wall that specific graphics appear on.

Background wall and ground set comped from various photos
Overlaid EPS logo graphics ready for effects
Graphics aged and wall detail staining added

STAGE 2 ~  LIGHTING & SHOOTING THE MODEL

The second phase is to photograph the die-cast model in a miniature set and cast some separate light sources on various exposures and different angles off the model.  These multiple light exposures are over laid and comped in Photoshop to appear as one lighting setup.  The key factor here is producing long time exposures of the model (approx 5-8 seconds) with reduced  aperture at f-22 under low light conditions so the maximum depth of field and crispness is maintained.  this eliminates the miniature depth of field focus blur that occurs on smaller objects.

Zonda Die-Cast model on scale lighting set with multiple light sources overlaid
Zonda model exposure stack isolated from light set diorama

STAGE 3 ~ FINAL COMPING & COLOUR GRADING

Putting all the elements together and working on lighting and shadow effects, plus colour grading  to  balance the composition.

Isolated Zonda on garage set background
Exploring shadow and lightning angles on the wall to highlight the 'Fuelled' graphic
Final shadow position on wall with darkening around edges and along bottom of frame to push the focus inwards.
Final colour grade with warm orange shift to integrate car and background

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