I Post Entirely Way Too Much
Join Date: Aug 2007
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For car photography, I keep the post processing simple. Typically I'll adjust the levels, increase sharpening, and retouch any imperfections in the image.
The second image definitely looks better.
The most important thing is to get your image as close as you can in camera. You've got your black car in the shade and the houses in the background are in the sun so if you expose for one, the other is gonna be either too bright or too dark. If you have a tripod you can take multiple exposures to get highlight, mid tones, and shadows with detail. Otherwise, I would create a separate layer mask for the car and foreground and bring the exposure up some and increase the warmth. Then bring down the exposure of the sky if you can.