How I Photographed a Subaru Concept Car

by | Jun 16, 2020

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

A few years ago, I was lucky enough to be able to attend the amazing Tokyo Motor Show and today wanted to share one of my favorite photographs from it—with a little bit of Photoshop enhancement. Concept cars are always interesting to photograph and the best concept cars in the world are usually unveiled at this show and because the facility is well lit for TV cameras it’s an easy and fun place to make photographs  even with an entry-level camera like the Digital Rebel that I used at the show.

For homesick Americans, like me, the Makuhari Messe in Chiba, where the show is held, has a food court that features a real jumping up and down McDonald’s that after several days of authentic Japanese cuisine was a nice taste of home.



How I made this shot: The original image of a Subaru concept car was made with a Canon Digital Rebel set in Auto White Balance mode. Lens was the inexpensive EF-S 18-55mm kit lens with an exposure of 1/60 sec at f/4 and ISO 400.

This car was originally photographed as a horizontal image that was then cropped into a square using the Photoshop’s Crop tool

Next, the the top part of the image file was extended using the Edit>Content Aware Scale command. Then that stretched image, that was mostly just the background, was added to a new layer to which the Motion Blur (Filter > Blur > Motion Blur) effect applied. I then selectively erased part of that layer before cropping into the vertical image that you see here.


Along with photographer Barry Staver, Joe is co-author of Better Available Light Digital Photography that’s now out-of-print but new copies are available from Amazon for $21.88 and used copies starting at affordable. right now about seven bucks.