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Old 02-25-2013, 07:42 PM   #10301
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trying another go at rollers again, man its hard to drive and shoot




and editing question. what can i do to make this one better? was thinking of completely making the backdrop/everything but the total front end black but idk how to do that right in aperture. any tips?

Biggest thing with rolling shots is to make sure the car is actually rolling lol...that last pic the car looks like its standing still even though im sure your doing 60MPH+.

I personal have shot and drove at the same time...and it sucks...you can get lucky and get good shots. but its usually not what you really want...really need someone to drive and you hang out the window!
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Old 02-26-2013, 09:31 PM   #10302
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Old 02-27-2013, 07:35 AM   #10303
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Old 02-27-2013, 03:38 PM   #10304
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Old 02-28-2013, 10:38 PM   #10305
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I know it's not a picture of a car but I was just trying something different.


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Old 03-01-2013, 02:52 PM   #10306
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I haven't read through all 101 pages, but in my personal photography experience, I don't think you should use any slant when a horizon line is visible.

This is such a beautiful photo, but I just can't get over the horizon slant:

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Old 03-01-2013, 03:13 PM   #10307
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i'm an idiot and posted the same photo twice meant to make the background black on this photo, or if anyone can do it and make the car look meaner.
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I forgot who originally gave me the idea, but I did that style of shot once. Parked the car in the garage on a bright day with just the nose sticking out. It was easy enough to add shadow and make everything but the nose of the car black. Not the best shot in the world, but you get the idea...
Jag actually had one like that, which I chose to win a photo contest I ran here a couple years ago. It's really best to do it with a garage, since doing it in post processing can easily result in it not looking very natural. The other problem with your photo is that the car isn't quite squared straight with the camera (seems to be leaning back on the passenger side). Also, notice chromatic aberration on the Subaru emblem that's creating purple fringing.
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Old 03-01-2013, 03:22 PM   #10308
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I normally do not like doing shop pictures because the lighting sucks and there are far too many distractions given the limited space. But...I do like how this one has the car sitting "in its element" so to speak.
Unfortunately I end up taking a TON of shop photos, so I feel your pain. This is pretty good though! You're just a tiny bit left of center on the car, and it could use a tiny bit of straightening. The main thing that bugs me about this photo is that white sign on the wall. I'd either clone it out completely or change it to a different color (and probably add a logo of some sort) so it doesn't stand out quite so much or look out of place.
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Old 03-01-2013, 03:26 PM   #10309
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Your car looks fantastic! Do you have an intake being fed through the passenger side foglight hole? The slant of the lines on the garage door really bugs me, and it's not quite the easiest fix since the car is already level. It's a pain in the ass, but it would be worth it for the overall photo.
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Old 03-01-2013, 03:28 PM   #10310
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I think that a polarizer would've helped with the window glare/reflections, but I also think that it might look better with the car at the bottom right thirds cross point. I find the snowy trees in the background more interesting and appealing to the eye than the snow-covered road in this particular case.
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Old 03-01-2013, 03:30 PM   #10311
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I know it's not a picture of a car but I was just trying something different.
Nice detail shot! You could use a tiny bit of highlight recovery to try to get some of the lines back from the top of the main star, but you don't want too much because then it'll start to get a little faded.
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Old 03-01-2013, 03:39 PM   #10312
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I haven't read through all 101 pages, but in my personal photography experience, I don't think you should use any slant when a horizon line is visible.

This is such a beautiful photo, but I just can't get over the horizon slant:
Thanks! I respectfully disagree though...I think it can work in certain cases, this photo being one of them. Here are a few other examples that I think a little angle works well:

http://500px.com/photo/26142901

http://500px.com/photo/26956423

http://500px.com/photo/14795697

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Old 03-01-2013, 08:05 PM   #10313
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Unfortunately I end up taking a TON of shop photos, so I feel your pain. This is pretty good though! You're just a tiny bit left of center on the car, and it could use a tiny bit of straightening. The main thing that bugs me about this photo is that white sign on the wall. I'd either clone it out completely or change it to a different color (and probably add a logo of some sort) so it doesn't stand out quite so much or look out of place.
That is actually a light. I thought about trying to delete it completely but that seemed like a lot of work for a photo that wasn't really going to be used for anything. I get to work with the car for a couple of days soon where I will get to do what I want with it. At that time, more attention to detail will be warranted.

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Your car looks fantastic! Do you have an intake being fed through the passenger side foglight hole? The slant of the lines on the garage door really bugs me, and it's not quite the easiest fix since the car is already level. It's a pain in the ass, but it would be worth it for the overall photo.
I do. Having that open really helps with air intake temps.
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Old 03-02-2013, 06:49 PM   #10314
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Old 03-04-2013, 02:30 PM   #10315
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Hello there, if you can't tell by my post count I don't post here to frequently. I was directed here by one of my buddies who does photography and I figured I'd put my stuff in here to get some feedback(good or bad). So, here goes! Please let me know what you think!

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I know these ones are a bit off because of the rather large building coming out of the top of them, but I still like them. Other than the obvious problem of the building coming out of the top, can anyone give me some other criticism on them? I'm planning on going back to the same location here very soon at sunset and going at it again to see what I can get. I also should be recieving my CP and other assorted goodies I bought today in the mail. Thanks for taking a look!


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Old 03-04-2013, 03:55 PM   #10316
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Hello there, if you can't tell by my post count I don't post here to frequently. I was directed here by one of my buddies who does photography and I figured I'd put my stuff in here to get some feedback(good or bad). So, here goes! Please let me know what you think!

I think that you're on to something with the composition of the third one, but you definitely need to go back at sunset or sunrise to get some better light.

Also, I'd look at adjusting the photo to get the line of train cars straight as they're currently leaning uphill compared to the frame.

Based on the EXIF data it looks like you're using a D5100. Are you using the 18-55mm kit lens too?

It'd be nice to have a shallower depth of field, which can be tough depending on what you have for lenses. One thing that I've recently started doing is "cheating" by using a longer lens (I really like my 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 at 200-300mm) to compress the image.

Another option would be to shoot a little more wide open than you currently are (Looks like you were at f/6.3) and position the car a little further away (Talking a few more feet perhaps).


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I know these ones are a bit off because of the rather large building coming out of the top of them, but I still like them. Other than the obvious problem of the building coming out of the top, can anyone give me some other criticism on them? I'm planning on going back to the same location here very soon at sunset and going at it again to see what I can get. I also should be recieving my CP and other assorted goodies I bought today in the mail. Thanks for taking a look!

The buildings wouldn't be as big a deal for me if they weren't shooting out at a weird angle, but I agree that you should try to avoid them when you go back.
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Old 03-04-2013, 03:58 PM   #10317
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By the way, I'm dying to show you guys some photos that I took this weekend of Hershey's RX7, but I need to wait until next week when the feature is released. Here's his For Sale ad so you know what to expect of the car itself: http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2471445

Let's just say that a brand new set of tires was all but destroyed during the photo shoot.

I picked up a Tamron 17-55mm f/2.8 a few days earlier (Poor man's Nikkor, I know ), but so far I'm pretty happy with it. Definitely nice to have a fast wide angle zoom!
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Old 03-04-2013, 04:17 PM   #10318
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Hello there, if you can't tell by my post count I don't post here to frequently. I was directed here by one of my buddies who does photography and I figured I'd put my stuff in here to get some feedback(good or bad). So, here goes! Please let me know what you think!
The photos that are in color look over saturated. I think you could make this location work with the right light and angles.
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Old 03-04-2013, 04:21 PM   #10319
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The photos that are in color look over saturated. I think you could make this location work with the right light and angles.
That's a good point as well.

I'd also suggest shooting in RAW if you're not doing so already. Gives you so more flexibility when editing.
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Old 03-04-2013, 05:16 PM   #10320
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Sweet Maybe a slight crop to bring the car a bit lower in the frame, but otherwise very nice!
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Old 03-04-2013, 05:25 PM   #10321
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Hello there, if you can't tell by my post count I don't post here to frequently. I was directed here by one of my buddies who does photography and I figured I'd put my stuff in here to get some feedback(good or bad). So, here goes! Please let me know what you think!

I know these ones are a bit off because of the rather large building coming out of the top of them, but I still like them. Other than the obvious problem of the building coming out of the top, can anyone give me some other criticism on them? I'm planning on going back to the same location here very soon at sunset and going at it again to see what I can get. I also should be recieving my CP and other assorted goodies I bought today in the mail. Thanks for taking a look!
Welcome! Generally, it's a lot easier for all of us to critique 3 photos at a time, so please just keep that in mind for future posts.

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I think that you're on to something with the composition of the third one, but you definitely need to go back at sunset or sunrise to get some better light.

Also, I'd look at adjusting the photo to get the line of train cars straight as they're currently leaning uphill compared to the frame.

Based on the EXIF data it looks like you're using a D5100. Are you using the 18-55mm kit lens too?

It'd be nice to have a shallower depth of field, which can be tough depending on what you have for lenses. One thing that I've recently started doing is "cheating" by using a longer lens (I really like my 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 at 200-300mm) to compress the image.

Another option would be to shoot a little more wide open than you currently are (Looks like you were at f/6.3) and position the car a little further away (Talking a few more feet perhaps).





The buildings wouldn't be as big a deal for me if they weren't shooting out at a weird angle, but I agree that you should try to avoid them when you go back.
Very good advice here, but I wouldn't say using a longer focal length "cheating" at all...if anything, that's what you want to do! I actually know a good number of automotive photographers who don't even own a standard wide angle lens. Most of their photos are taken at 85mm or longer focal length. Using a longer focal length is essential at getting good subject separation from the background.

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The photos that are in color look over saturated. I think you could make this location work with the right light and angles.
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That's a good point as well.

I'd also suggest shooting in RAW if you're not doing so already. Gives you so more flexibility when editing.
Also very good advice. I love saturation, but these photos do have a bit too much.
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I'm happy to share that my Tips and Tricks here have also been ported over to MotiveLife. I'm a contributor to MotiveLife and while some of it kind of overlaps with Noƒ8butwhatwemake, I'm still very happy to get more exposure for this thread and the content within. Check it out here!

http://www.motivelife.com/topics/kno...-ausejo-part-1

There are also some really cool behind-the-scenes stuff on that site, so be sure to check it out. I'm good friends with just about every contributor on there.
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I think that you're on to something with the composition of the third one, but you definitely need to go back at sunset or sunrise to get some better light.

Thanks, I definitely plan on heading back over there this weekend. I also go my cp and window mount in today so I'm going to try some rolling shots as well to see how those go. I'm pretty excited to see how it all turns out.

Also, I'd look at adjusting the photo to get the line of train cars straight as they're currently leaning uphill compared to the frame.

I understand what you're saying, but I was on a tripod so I don't know how I would go about straightening the train cars. Do you have any suggestions for that?

Based on the EXIF data it looks like you're using a D5100. Are you using the 18-55mm kit lens too?

Yeah I have the 18-55 and I also have the 55-200 with it as well. I'll also be picking up the 35mm pretty soon to go with it all.

It'd be nice to have a shallower depth of field, which can be tough depending on what you have for lenses. One thing that I've recently started doing is "cheating" by using a longer lens (I really like my 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 at 200-300mm) to compress the image.

Another option would be to shoot a little more wide open than you currently are (Looks like you were at f/6.3) and position the car a little further away (Talking a few more feet perhaps).


So I'll definitely try that out with my 55-200. Take a couple steps back and open up more. Thanks for the tips!


The buildings wouldn't be as big a deal for me if they weren't shooting out at a weird angle, but I agree that you should try to avoid them when you go back.

Yeah I am going to try and avoid them when I go back there. I'll try and incorporate them if I can pull it off without it being too distracting but they definitely won't be getting the same placement lol.
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The photos that are in color look over saturated. I think you could make this location work with the right light and angles.

I'll definitely remember the oversaturation for next time in pp. Thanks.
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That's a good point as well.

I'd also suggest shooting in RAW if you're not doing so already. Gives you so more flexibility when editing.

I am already shooting in raw.
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Welcome! Generally, it's a lot easier for all of us to critique 3 photos at a time, so please just keep that in mind for future posts.

Ok I will remember that for next time, post in brackets of 3.

Very good advice here, but I wouldn't say using a longer focal length "cheating" at all...if anything, that's what you want to do! I actually know a good number of automotive photographers who don't even own a standard wide angle lens. Most of their photos are taken at 85mm or longer focal length. Using a longer focal length is essential at getting good subject separation from the background.





Also very good advice. I love saturation, but these photos do have a bit too much.
Thanks for all the tips everybody, I look forward to posting up some more of my shots here in the future and getting some quality critiques on them. I'll report back with more work once I go out and get some more shots done!
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Very good advice here, but I wouldn't say using a longer focal length "cheating" at all...if anything, that's what you want to do! I actually know a good number of automotive photographers who don't even own a standard wide angle lens. Most of their photos are taken at 85mm or longer focal length. Using a longer focal length is essential at getting good subject separation from the background.

I guess that cheating is the wrong word. I meant it more in that I'll shoot at 200-300mm wide open (Which is f/5.6) since I don't have a fast lens longer than 50mm. If I had an 85mm prime or similar, I'd love to do a comparison sometime.
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