Fstoppers Critiques ‘Automotive Pictures and Retouching with Easton Chang’ Tutorial Sequence


I’ve all the time had a ardour for automobiles, which is what set me within the path of changing into a photographer. From casually taking photographs of assorted automobiles with a point-and-shoot at native occasions at first, I made a decision to transcend that and see the place I might go along with a digital camera. Scouring the Web to be taught as a lot as attainable, there have been a bunch of automotive photographers that stand out to me amongst the perfect, and Easton Chang is amongst them.

If you’re into automotive pictures, I’m certain you’ve heard of or seen a number of the work by skilled business photographer Easton Chang, which I might think about to be top-of-the-line within the business. I’ve all the time wished to select his mind to see what his thought processes are throughout photoshoots, how he executes the pictures, and the strategies behind his retouching. This isn’t one thing you may often do from behind your pc display screen, till now. RGG EDU has partnered with Chang to provide a brand new set of tutorials masking his totally different approaches and strategies throughout his shoots in addition to finalizing the photographs together with his retouching workflow.

Preliminary Impressions

When the tutorials had been first introduced, I used to be thrilled concerning the launch and was wanting in direction of watching the movies. As quickly I obtained the e-mail with the hyperlinks to obtain the tutorial sequence, I couldn’t wait to start out watching them. It did take a while to obtain the entire assortment, however that’s anticipated for the reason that sequence is over 21 hours of HD movies and different recordsdata. Beginning off the sequence is the introduction with Chang, which I often don’t watch, as I wish to get straight to the purpose of issues. However for this tutorial sequence I made a decision to observe it. Immediately I noticed this was going to be an excellent sequence and was impressed to exit and shoot after listening to him, and this was just the start.

What’s Included

  • 72 HD movies with English closed-caption subtitles
  • Uncooked recordsdata to comply with alongside within the retouching segments
  • RGG EDU 4K Flare Pack — set of ten pictures on black
  • $50 off coupon for Rig-Professional

What’s Lined

  • Capturing static pictures
  • Capturing panning pictures
  • Capturing monitoring pictures
  • Capturing motion pictures
  • Capturing rig pictures
  • Mild portray with a strobe
  • Lighting portray with a modeling lamp
  • Lighting portray with a lightweight stick
  • Lighting portray with a hearth rope
  • Step-by-step fundamental and superior retouching

Content material

Chang begins off the sequence with an introduction and by sharing his ethos over automobile pictures whereas additionally sharing some ideas and data. In search of that secret components to leap forward? Nicely, there isn’t one. If you’re interested by his digital camera gear, he shares this with us as nicely, however emphasizes it’s not solely about digital camera gear and settings. It goes a lot deeper than this. Nice gear helps, however Chang began his profession path with very fundamental gear as nicely.

Leaping into the El Mirage Dry Lake Mattress in California, we start our journey with Chang to cowl his philosophy of static and movement pictures all through the day. He covers varied approaches to capturing motion and displaying the sense of pace in his work whereas getting a whole lot of results in-camera. There’s no want to select Chang’s mind through the shoots, as he’s consistently letting us know his thought course of and concepts all through the shoot. There was even one level at which I used to be pondering I might do it this manner as a substitute if I used to be taking pictures, and moments later Chang modified his thoughts mid-shoot and proceeded to do it that method. Planning is nice, however typically the second can change in addition to your route of the shoot. It’s superb to hearken to Chang all through the photoshoot and know what he his pondering, and particularly to have the reasoning behind all of it.

The following part covers mild portray, which Chang considers essentially the most essentially essential facet in automobile pictures. I are likely to agree together with his opinion that mild portray does give the automobiles “pop” in photographs, and it’s a common technique within the business. There are a number of strategies of sunshine portray, and Chang does a wonderful job of displaying us his course of via every of them utilizing strobe lighting in addition to totally different sources for fixed lighting, together with the modeling mild, a lightweight stick, and a hearth rope.

The ultimate part of the tutorial sequence covers the rig shot. If you’re unfamiliar with what a rig shot is, it’s a way of attaching the digital camera to a topic to allow an extended publicity. On this case, a set of poles, or “increase,” and suction cups connected to the automobile for an extended publicity to seize the movement. Andrew Thompson from Rig-Pro joins Chang to assist arrange and share finest practices and ideas whereas utilizing the rig setup. The automobile’s pace may be very, very sluggish on this technique, which I believe it rather a lot safer than another strategies, however nonetheless yields a picture that offers a way of excessive speeds.

On the finish of every part, included are a number of movies masking step-by-step directions on Chang’s course of, together with culling the photographs and uncooked processing, to finalizing with fundamental and superior retouching strategies. Chang completely explains his thought course of and the explanations behind every adjustment, in addition to displaying a couple of variations to attain comparable outcomes. Sorry, there is not a easy plugin or preset for a fast “Easton Chang” look. He does preserve a reasonably easy workflow, nevertheless it modifications as he goes together with his artistic course of for the picture.

What I Favored

I’ve already talked about this, however one of many issues I actually like about this sequence is the truth that Easton explains the entire course of and his ideas throughout all of it. He doesn’t simply let you know tips on how to create the shot and leaves it at that. He goes past and allows you to know his ideas and reasoning behind all of it. You aren’t left with questions on why he used a specific technique, or why he did one thing a method versus one other. If there was a change, he lets you recognize if it was his artistic selection or no matter different motive the change occurred.

What I Did not Like

One of many issues I didn’t like was a part of Easton’s workflow. Everybody can do it in a different way, however so far as educating others, I consider he ought to of keep on with a non-destructive path whereas merging a number of pictures collectively. The rationale I might go this route can be in case you erased an excessive amount of of the picture on one layer, you may all the time deliver it again with a couple of extra brush strokes if he used a masks as a substitute of erasing. Sure, you could possibly use historical past or undo, however what should you moved on throughout your modifying and determined later you wished to vary it? There was a number of instances the place one would possibly change instructions of the picture mid-shoot or mid-editing, Easton himself even confirmed a few of it through the sequence. As a substitute of getting to usher in the unique picture to start out over, you could possibly simply brush again the half should you went too far. All of us have dangerous habits in our workflow, this would possibly simply be one for Easton for my part.

Through the retouching phase for “Mild Portray Picture three,” the picture used wasn’t proven the way it was created. I perceive that the earlier movies of sunshine portray strategies might have been utilized to make this picture, however I really feel prefer it ought to’ve been proven for this picture because it was getting used within the sequence. Some extra novice photographers might have questions on that individual shot, but there’s video displaying what was accomplished for that picture.

The very last thing I didn’t like is a double edge sword. The movies are fairly lengthy and it’s a must to spend some severe time watching the movies. I appreciated it, however I do know some could not as a consequence of being impatient. The nice factor is you may pause, cease, and replay everytime you like.


In both case of a newbie or extra skilled automotive photographer, I consider there may be a whole lot of helpful info on this sequence that anybody can be taught from. Chang does a wonderful job of explaining every course of so anybody can comply with alongside it doesn’t matter what ability stage they’re at. One part alone is nicely price it, not to mention the entire sequence with the extra extras. I plan to observe the sequence over once more for a couple of causes, ensuring I can soak up a lot of the data that’s shared and simply to get extra inspiration from Chang. I can’t wait to get out and shoot extra and see what I can apply from Chang to reinforce my ability set whereas nonetheless having my very own model to it, which is what he believes in as nicely. Whilst you might be taught his model and replica it, this sequence is aimed extra at sharing his philosophies and totally different approaches all through the complete workflow to reinforce our personal. Every of us can have totally different artistic styling to finalizing the photographs.

You should purchase the entire “Car Photography and Retouching with Easton Chang” series from RGG EDU’s web site for the worth of $299. This contains all of the movies, uncooked recordsdata, lens flare pack, and the coupon to order your individual full Rig-Professional rig equipment.