Since I only now have a reasonably good camera I haven’t had much experience shooting at night. The iPhone 13 Pro is pretty good but it also just seems to fill everything in … or miss everything. I still haven’t shot much at night but I wanted to explore Lightroom a little and see how the use of masks could mimic light.

Here is what I started with:

This is an incredibly rare air cooled Porsche and, given the car’s placement, a photo that was taken 10,000 times during the one day event. It’s a bad-ass car, trust me, the 1995 Porsche 911 Supercup 3.8, and the placement at the event was brilliant … but this is photo a lot of really talented photographers took.

But what if we did this?

So yeah, not perfect, but interesting, right? It does away with the wall and the big ad and focuses on what is really important. Or at least I think it does.

Another way to look at it:

I suspect I will be able to spend 1,000 hours figuring out how to add and manipulate light in Lightroom. I did try using the old version of Photoshop to add 3D lighting but it was a pain and I have to imagine there is a better piece of software out there … I just have to figure out what that is.

Until then.

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