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Old 09-03-2012, 06:55 PM   #9401
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here are two shots with two different edits, for some reason, i like the first vintage looking one better.


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I really like the look of the first one
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Old 09-04-2012, 11:11 AM   #9402
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Made some edits based on the suggestions. Different crop and edited out the lens flare. He was right...looks better...


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Old 09-04-2012, 11:26 AM   #9403
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I liked it MUCH better with the flare. Nothing beats a little flare that's done right, IMO. It separates the shot from your average iPhone/Instagram picture.
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Old 09-04-2012, 11:28 AM   #9404
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Here's the other one I liked. I know the car is on the smaller side compared to the background but I think it works well. I also like that you can see the road go "through" the car and follow it out the back. I feel that not doing multiple polarizations is holding me back a little bit. That might be the next thing on my list.
Love the scope of this shot, but I do not like the angle. It almost makes me dizzy as I search for a horizon line. The car angling to the right makes it look like it's angling out of the frame.

Maybe even a slight rotation would help, but you're shots are definitely getting better!
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Old 09-04-2012, 11:38 AM   #9405
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I liked it MUCH better with the flare. Nothing beats a little flare that's done right, IMO. It separates the shot from your average iPhone/Instagram picture.
Agreed.
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Old 09-04-2012, 11:39 AM   #9406
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Love the scope of this shot, but I do not like the angle. It almost makes me dizzy as I search for a horizon line. The car angling to the right makes it look like it's angling out of the frame.

Maybe even a slight rotation would help, but you're shots are definitely getting better!
Thanks! I knew it might have been too much but I wanted to try it out.
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Old 09-04-2012, 07:37 PM   #9407
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I would turn down the saturation on the blues to make the windshield a more natural color. I think it would look way better.
Thanks after taking a 2nd look I think you are right- that would improve it.

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Old 09-06-2012, 07:15 PM   #9408
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Can anyone give me some advice on what would make these shots better. All were shot with a Nikon D5100 with a 10-24 f/3.5-4.5 during the middle of the day and edited with Lightroom 3. I am a noob photographer so any help is appreciated.
Generally, I usually avoid using the ultra-wide angle on car photos unless I have a lot of room to work with, such as with your last photo against the graffiti wall. I think that's your strongest shot of the set, although I would've liked to see it in color and maybe not such an odd long crop. The first one is pretty good, but I don't like how the car looks like it's going uphill for no apparent reason. The parking garage shot needs a tad more exposure and I don't like the centered composition. The second, close-up shot is probably your weakest of the bunch, since the wide angle distorts the car quite a bit and you've got a bunch of distractions in the frame.
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Old 09-06-2012, 07:18 PM   #9409
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Here's the other one I liked. I know the car is on the smaller side compared to the background but I think it works well. I also like that you can see the road go "through" the car and follow it out the back. I feel that not doing multiple polarizations is holding me back a little bit. That might be the next thing on my list.
I definitely like this composition a lot better. The car just needs to be a little farther away from the right edge of the frame, and you've got it just about perfect. Multiple polarizations help a great deal, but you don't always need them. For example, you can't take drift photos with multiple polarizations...and sometimes the reflections can help make the photo. However, for static photos, I will usually do multiple polarizations.
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Old 09-06-2012, 07:24 PM   #9410
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Thoughts?
Good use of lens flare, but I would clone out those green "Slimers" since they're super distracting. The shot on the empty road is quite good, but I probably would've turned the wheels to face the camera. I don't like the shots on the neighborhood road as much since the car's a little too underexposed and I find the power lines and light poles really distracting. I like the wheel shot, but I would've made sure not to cut off the top of the front wheel. I'd also desaturate the pinks/magentas so that the wheel's actually gray/silver.
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Old 09-06-2012, 08:49 PM   #9411
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Cropped this one slightly different as suggested.

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Old 09-06-2012, 10:56 PM   #9412
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Does this look unnatural? I know there are pobably some issues with cloning the rig out of the car but I am mostly looking for feedback on colors, saturation, etc. I feel like its on the edge but I do like the way it turned out... I feel like it may look bad on other monitors. Please chime in with opinions and tips for how I can make this a better edit.

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I would turn down the saturation on the blues to make the windshield a more natural color. I think it would look way better.
Yeah, definitely desat the blues a little. I'd probably up the blacks a little bit too for more contrast.
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Old 09-06-2012, 10:59 PM   #9413
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here are two shots with two different edits, for some reason, i like the first vintage looking one better.
I definitely like the vintage edit better, but the vignetting has made the side of the car really dark. I know you couldn't do much about that location, but yeah it's not good at all...makes it more of a snapshot than an actual concentrated and planned out photo.
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Old 09-06-2012, 11:19 PM   #9414
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Made some edits based on the suggestions. Different crop and edited out the lens flare. He was right...looks better...
Yep, definitely better without the green Slimers
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Old 09-06-2012, 11:21 PM   #9415
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Cropped this one slightly different as suggested.
Yes, much better crop! I think the only thing left is to give the colors a bit more punch, and maybe try to lighten up the driver's side as well.
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Old 09-06-2012, 11:33 PM   #9416
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Hopefully I am in the right spot to ask this. Ive been following this thread for a while now. I am wondering what a good-user friendly editing program would be. I am using a Nikon D3100 w/ 18-55mm and 200mm lense. Shooting a variety of thing from vacation photos to automotive shots and even a little nature items. Thanks in advance. this thread is very helpfull
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Old 09-06-2012, 11:51 PM   #9417
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Hopefully I am in the right spot to ask this. Ive been following this thread for a while now. I am wondering what a good-user friendly editing program would be. I am using a Nikon D3100 w/ 18-55mm and 200mm lense. Shooting a variety of thing from vacation photos to automotive shots and even a little nature items. Thanks in advance. this thread is very helpfull
This sure is the right place! Photoshop Elements is quite good to start out with, but if you can pick up Lightroom, all the better. There's a ton of tutorial videos out there for both programs, so it shouldn't be too difficult to pick up either one.
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Old 09-07-2012, 12:00 AM   #9418
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I currently have photoshop cs5 (dont know how to fully use it yet). Would that work or is the others a bit more user friendly? Thanks again
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Old 09-07-2012, 12:03 AM   #9419
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I currently have photoshop cs5 (dont know how to fully use it yet). Would that work or is the others a bit more user friendly? Thanks again
I use Photoshop CS5 as well. It will DEFINITELY work, as Photoshop is the industry standard. It really isn't that hard to pick up...again, there's a ton of video tutorials out there to help you learn. If anything, it's way easier to use now than when I first started using it back in Version 3.0.
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Old 09-07-2012, 12:06 AM   #9420
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awsome ill start messing with it and see what happens. Then I can get some tips and feedback from yall
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Old 09-07-2012, 02:21 AM   #9421
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Here are a couple shots from a few years back, any advice other than tripod for night shooting. Sometimes I get noisy pics and sometimes they come out great, still haven't quite got it down yet.

shot with Canon Rebel XTi (debating on whether or not this camera is too old or if I should still keep it)

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Old 09-07-2012, 02:28 AM   #9422
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Old 09-07-2012, 02:35 AM   #9423
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for that night shot it really bothers me that your car looks like it has scales. that shadow from the fence i think really takes away from the picture. to avoid noise try to keep you ISO as low as you can get away with. and you said it yourself, TRIPOD TRIPOD TRIPOD.

i think you should recrop it if you can so that the exhaust isn't cut off, it will be much more well off if you get the car in frame top to bottom and not cut it off.
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Old 09-07-2012, 02:48 AM   #9424
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the whole exhaust IS infact in the picture, I can see the entire outline of it. Ohhhhh oops, ya that first photo. Unfortunately I shot it like that and didn't properly frame the photo I'll keep it in mind for later shoots though.

I think for that photo I was shooting at 800 ISO.

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Old 09-07-2012, 09:38 AM   #9425
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I think I am trying to hard to make this one work...


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