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Old 01-21-2013, 09:10 PM   #10176
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How's the the composition on this one?

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Old 01-22-2013, 08:41 PM   #10177
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Here's a shot from a photo shoot I did this weekend, only thing wrong I personally see is the rear wheel is brighter than the front and the reflections. Still need to get a cp filter

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Old 01-23-2013, 05:51 PM   #10178
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10a and 10b at Road Atlanta. It's a lot more fun when I am behind the wheel instead of the fence.
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I love the colors in this photo. It's one of my favorites that I've seen of yours. Well done!
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Old 01-23-2013, 06:01 PM   #10179
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Hey there. I have read through your tips and they did help me out quite a bit. I have some pictures that I have taken with a Canon T3i and edited on Paint Shop Pro. Feel free to give any tips on how to make my pictures any better. Thanks.
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for starters, try to post 3-4 photos TOPS. its hard to get a full reviews on all of them for armin.

some look over done, tone down that HDR look, it just doesn't work, need more natural looking shots. the first shot, the location doesn't seem to work my eyes want to stare at the grass and the garbage can, not the car. the beach photos are okay, but needs some work, as for the rest, IMO dont try to center the car, come out a bit, no need to give it such a tight frame, you can always crop in after the fact. also, notice how the sky in all your daytime shots is completely blown out.
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I like the head on shot. The windshield could use some de-saturation but other than that it looks good to me! The sunrise (or sunset) picture would be a perfect candidate for some multiple exposures!
Good advice here so far. A polarizer for your camera would help quite a bit to reduce the glare on the windshield and body of the car. I'm not too fond of your first location, but the beach and dirt road locations are pretty nice. I too like the head-on shot (the desaturated one), but I can see where you missed some spots on the desat. The sunset shots particularly are a tough one, since the car is so dark compared to the rest of the scene, thus my eyes look at the sunset first and look at the car and everything else that's silhouetted as an afterthought.
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Old 01-23-2013, 06:09 PM   #10180
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We got my son a new car today so I thought it would be funny to do a rig shot of it. It isn't perfect but it was a fun project for the day.

Here is the rig on the little car.
This is awesome! I love it, but honestly the only thing that I think it needs is a little bit more motion on your son in the car. The area of the car around him has a little bit of blur to it, but your son is tack-sharp and stands out quite a bit from the blurry background behind him. The mask around his head particularly is a bit too sharp too, and a little feathering might help it blend better and look a bit more realistic.
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Old 01-23-2013, 06:16 PM   #10181
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How's the the composition on this one?
This is one of those instances where you might've gotten a bit too low, since it looks like the city in the background is growing out of the hood. Just a little bit higher in elevation, and you can create a little bit of separation there. The car also isn't quite perpendicular with the camera, so we can see a bit more of the front bumper than we probably should. I like where you're going with it (good choice of where you decided to cut the car in the frame), but I think it just needs a little bit of a tweak compositionally.
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Old 01-23-2013, 06:17 PM   #10182
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Oh man I need to get them! I was going through some old shots to see if I can make them better since my editing has improved a little.
I'd say this is a pretty perfect side profile shot, but now it's just the background that isn't quite fitting. The car is positioned exactly how it should, and the photo is nice and sharp, but that green container just isn't living up to how good the rest of the photo is.
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Old 01-23-2013, 06:20 PM   #10183
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How's the the composition on this one?

how the **** did you get this so crisp looking, mind posting the actual shot pre-post processing?
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Old 01-23-2013, 06:32 PM   #10184
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Here's a shot from a photo shoot I did this weekend, only thing wrong I personally see is the rear wheel is brighter than the front and the reflections. Still need to get a cp filter
Well, there's a few things that I noticed with this photo. First of all, you shot in the shade, which causes some uneven lighting and general underexposure of the car since your camera is trying to make sure not to totally blow out all the highlights that aren't in the shadow. Since you're in the shadows and thus underneath trees, you've got plenty of trees growing out of the car, which generally is something you want to avoid. You can make it work if you have a more narrow depth of field to make the background more blurry, but you'd need to adjust your aperture and focal length to make that happen. The car also isn't a straight-on profile shot, like the one that INKMAN posted up above. Your camera is a bit left of center on the car itself, thus we can see more of the rear of the car than the front of the car. Just one or two steps to your right might've made the profile just about perfect. Finally, there are a few distractions in the background, such as the garbage can and the sign on the fence that don't have to be there.
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Old 01-23-2013, 06:34 PM   #10185
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For everyone: Our Formula DRIFT Photography Contest is back!



The Round to Formula DRIFT Amateur Photography Contest – 2013

We’re proud to announce the Formula DRIFT Amateur Photographer contest has returned for its second year! Last year, we had over 50 entries through 4 intense rounds of very creative and thoughtful photos to pick one winner to join us track side at Formula DRIFT Seattle! This time, we’re doing it again, but making it much harder!

Want to feel the rush of the best drift cars in the world passing you by? Or maybe take the next best photo and get yourself recognized? Starting now and for the first 4 rounds of Formula DRIFT, NWMotiv.com will give an amateur photographer the chance to shoot with us, trackside, at Formula Drift Round 5 – Seattle on July 19-20, 2013.

Compete head-to-head versus other photographers in our four shooting challenges, and the photographer with the most points after round four will be invited by us, NWMotiv.com, to shoot Formula DRIFT Round 5. It’s no secret that approved photographers for the drift series are being cut, so be among the best and learn firsthand what it takes!

HOW IT WORKS:
Review the THEME & TECHNIQUE for the round and submit your photo before the deadline shown, one entry per person. Your submitted photo should follow the theme and demonstrate the technique provided in order to achieve the highest score possible. NWMotiv Editorial Staff, Josh Mackey and Armin Ausejo, will judge each photo on a points scale. Additionally, these photos will be posted to Facebook for additional public votes. For every 10 likes a photo receives on our gallery, an extra point is added to the total. MOST IMPORTANT RULE: DO NOT SUBMIT DRIFT PHOTOS.

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An Amateur Photographer as defined by this contest is a photographer that has not shot a Formula DRIFT/D1 event EVER. You MUST own a digital SLR camera. Each shot you submit must be your own; you must own the legal rights to it. All photos submitted should be original photos, not old, previous shot images or new edits. You are not required to be from the Northwest, but you must provide your own transportation and/or lodging if you are traveling. Points are cumulative and you must enter all 4 rounds to win. You agree to allow NWMotiv and Formula DRIFT to promote your photos online through their website and/or social media outlets. Last, but most important, this is an invite, we reserve the right to revoke it. The final contest winner will be held to the highest standards of professionalism and any acts that tarnish the image of either brand will be met with swift punishment.

For the themes and such, please follow this link: http://www.nwmotiv.com/the-road-to-formula-drift/

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Old 01-23-2013, 09:34 PM   #10186
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I'd say this is a pretty perfect side profile shot, but now it's just the background that isn't quite fitting. The car is positioned exactly how it should, and the photo is nice and sharp, but that green container just isn't living up to how good the rest of the photo is.
Thanks! I generally don't do profile shots because my car is stock ride height and it's just not flattering, that's why I tend to stick to the front shots. I hope it gets a little warmer out so I can scout some new locations!

In gear news, I should be getting my Canon 70-200 f/4L IS by the end of next month. I spent months researching and going back and forth of which zoom to get. I would love the 2.8 but it's just too expensive and now that I have a tripod the 4 should be just fine. I can't wait to see the difference in sharpness!

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Old 01-24-2013, 01:13 AM   #10187
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This is one of those instances where you might've gotten a bit too low, since it looks like the city in the background is growing out of the hood. Just a little bit higher in elevation, and you can create a little bit of separation there. The car also isn't quite perpendicular with the camera, so we can see a bit more of the front bumper than we probably should. I like where you're going with it (good choice of where you decided to cut the car in the frame), but I think it just needs a little bit of a tweak compositionally.
You know I thought the same thing once I got home and started to edit that photo . I did have one that was straight on from the side, but I liked this one cause it showed the body lines better. That's a question I've ask(I can't post a photo and not follow your advise!!!!) I will use this spot again, hopefully next time the cloud gods will help me out.

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how the **** did you get this so crisp looking, mind posting the actual shot pre-post processing?
It was hand held , I fired my SB700 off camera(I was shooting the shadow side) and it took some work to get it all to work. Here's a before and after.






Inkman......This is a great example of why I shoot in RAW. I saw that you guys where talking about the difference between RAW and JPEG in the other thread.
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Old 01-24-2013, 10:38 AM   #10188
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It looks great. I still fully don't understand the difference. You wouldn't be able to bring up the exposure like that in a JPEG file? I know you adjusted other things as well, i'm just trying to understand.
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Old 01-24-2013, 01:35 PM   #10189
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It looks great. I still fully don't understand the difference. You wouldn't be able to bring up the exposure like that in a JPEG file? I know you adjusted other things as well, i'm just trying to understand.
There a few key differences between RAW and JPEG. RAW is the well, raw data that your camera produces. There's no processing done to it, and it includes all possible information that your camera's sensor can provide to create the image. JPEG on the other hand, goes through in-camera processing that makes adjustments to color, saturation, white balance, contrast, etc...whatever you have it set to...and on top of that, it compresses the file so that it takes up less space. In order to compress the file, it has to remove data from it, which is why JPEG is called a "lossy" file format. This becomes problematic when you start post-processing, because when the data is removed to make the file size smaller, you've lost data in areas that can no longer be recovered. So, to answer your question, "you wouldn't be able to bring up the exposure like that in a JPEG file," the answer is no, you would not be able to, because there would be lost data in the JPEG file that cannot be recovered like you can in RAW, which has all of the data stored in there.

This link has a lot of good examples and a very thorough description of the differences:

http://www.slrlounge.com/raw-vs-jpeg...e-visual-guide
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Old 01-24-2013, 01:47 PM   #10190
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Okay, pop quiz guys...and no cheating by looking at the EXIF! Who can guess what camera I took these photos with? HINT: it's not my D700...







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Old 01-24-2013, 01:52 PM   #10191
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How do you view the EXIF info anyway? I started to shooting in RAW last week and haven't taken many shots. I wanted to show you my first RAW edit. I know it's off topic but maybe you can give me a few pointers.

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How do you view the EXIF info anyway? I started to shooting in RAW last week and haven't taken many shots. I wanted to show you my first RAW edit. I know it's off topic but maybe you can give me a few pointers.
Well, most photo hosting sites (Flickr included) will display your EXIF data, so long as you've embedded it in your photos. On Smugmug, you just have to mouse-over the photo and click the "info" button to see the EXIF data. If you're trying to look at EXIF data from a photo on the web, you can use Jeffrey's EXIF Viewer ( http://regex.info/exif.cgi ) or you can install a plugin for your web browser (Safari for Mac has a good one) that gives you the ability to right-click and show it.

To make sure your EXIF data is embedded when exporting from Lightroom, make sure that in your Export dialog, the "Metadata" option is set to "All."

Anyway, this photo is really nice! The lighting is good and it's really sharp. I kinda feel like it's leaning a little bit to the left, but that should be an easy fix to straighten out.
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Old 01-24-2013, 02:08 PM   #10193
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Okay, pop quiz guys...and no cheating by looking at the EXIF! Who can guess what camera I took these photos with? HINT: it's not my D700...

I'm going to guess some sort of smart phone...

::edit:: I just looked and I was WAY off

Can I hint and say that it's not one of the big two?
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Old 01-24-2013, 02:12 PM   #10194
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I'm going to guess some sort of smart phone...

::edit:: I just looked and I was WAY off

Can I hint and say that it's not one of the big two?
LOL I guess I can't stop you from saying that hint now
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So what is it?!
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Old 01-24-2013, 04:40 PM   #10196
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So what is it?!
No guesses?
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Old 01-24-2013, 04:51 PM   #10197
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I guessed, then I cheated and looked... I wasn't even close.
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Old 01-24-2013, 04:52 PM   #10198
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No guesses?
No I tried to cheat and couldn't see the EXIF.
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Old 01-24-2013, 04:53 PM   #10199
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I guessed, then I cheated and looked... I wasn't even close.
DNut guessed a smart phone, what did you guess?
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I'm assuming it's a Nikon point and shoot? I'm not familiar with the models though.
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