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Old 03-22-2013, 07:04 PM   #10376
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on another note, can someone explain how i can make the photos where the car is squished but the wheels are big? i think its funny and looks good
That's just a bunch of Photoshop work. You basically have to cut out the car and the wheels from the scene and use the transform tools to squash the car and enlarge the wheels. Then, you paste it back into the scene (and probably have to clone out where the car used to be).
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Old 03-22-2013, 07:09 PM   #10377
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Got some unexpected snow during the shoot, so I went in a little different direction with these. I tend to shy away from the cooler tones but I think it worked well with these.
Looks great, the cooler tones definitely work well for this. Your side profile shot is the strongest of the bunch. I think you could crop the 3/4 shot a tiny bit to move the car a little more to the right in the frame, and your rear shot is just a tiny bit off center (you can tell by the side view mirrors).
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Old 03-22-2013, 07:15 PM   #10378
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Are a lot of you guys using reflectors for outside shoots? And is one usually enough or would you recommend having a couple?
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So do you just deal with the shadows or use post processing to lessen/get rid of them? I just felt like having a reflector or two would save me time in photoshop by getting rid of a lot of the darker spots of the car.
I don't use a reflector for automotive photography, but I use it for people portraits. With automotive photography, you generally don't want to shoot from the shadow side in the first place, so you shouldn't have that problem to begin with. If I do have to shoot shadow side, I'll use multiple exposures to get the car, background, and (if needed) the foreground to the correct exposure, then combine them in post. Depending on your camera, you might not even need to do all that, since some cameras (like the D800) have ridiculously awesome dynamic range, and you can pull details out of the shadows by just processing a single raw file.

You can definitely use a reflector to achieve a similar effect, but you just have to make sure the lighting is even, which will normally require a pretty large reflector. Otherwise, you can use strobes to light up the areas that have shadows, but that also requires some post processing to even things out as well. I just personally prefer natural, ambient lighting and I don't really see it as being too difficult not to put yourself in a situation where you have to recover really dark shadows.
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Old 03-24-2013, 10:12 AM   #10379
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First track day of the season was canceled so we had to keep ourselves busy




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Old 03-25-2013, 02:38 AM   #10380
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I need to go take some shots!
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Old 03-25-2013, 02:43 PM   #10381
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Jeez, I can't go anywhere without seeing Armin's work! Cobb via FB has a very familiar looking bug-eye rolling shot
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Old 03-25-2013, 03:26 PM   #10382
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Ok fellas, photo newbie here and I got a question... Just got my first dslr, a canon t2i, and it came with a 18-55 and 55-250 lens... Heading out to the NY auto show this week and looking to get some practice in, but I dont want to carry both lenses with me... I'm assuming the 18-55 will be better suited for this event?? Is this a correct assumption?? Also, any tips you have for me while I'm there in terms of settings, exposure, things to do not do, etc would be great... Thanks in advance!!
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Old 03-25-2013, 04:02 PM   #10383
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Ok fellas, photo newbie here and I got a question... Just got my first dslr, a canon t2i, and it came with a 18-55 and 55-250 lens... Heading out to the NY auto show this week and looking to get some practice in, but I dont want to carry both lenses with me... I'm assuming the 18-55 will be better suited for this event?? Is this a correct assumption?? Also, any tips you have for me while I'm there in terms of settings, exposure, things to do not do, etc would be great... Thanks in advance!!
I'm a newbie too but those 2 lens are pretty much the same. Just different length of zoom. I would suggest the 18-55 if it's indoor. Should be more than enough zoom.

Also just got a good deal on the Canon T3i with the 18-55 kit lens. Pretty excited to finally start this hobby I've been putting aside.
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Old 03-25-2013, 08:41 PM   #10384
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Use the 18-55 lens and set your camera to aperture priority. I think it says a/v on the setting dial.

This may help you to learn a little more while keeping you out of automatic and manual modes.

If your zoom isn't an image stabilized lens and if its like a 4 - 5.5 aperture, it'll be real tough to get a nice shot without a steady hand.

Also, look into getting the 50mm prime lens. The 1.8 is $100. Worth it if you don't want to spring for the 1.4 and 1.2
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Old 03-26-2013, 09:01 AM   #10385
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Use the 18-55 lens and set your camera to aperture priority. I think it says a/v on the setting dial.

This may help you to learn a little more while keeping you out of automatic and manual modes.

If your zoom isn't an image stabilized lens and if its like a 4 - 5.5 aperture, it'll be real tough to get a nice shot without a steady hand.

Also, look into getting the 50mm prime lens. The 1.8 is $100. Worth it if you don't want to spring for the 1.4 and 1.2
I've been thinking about that 1.8 lens. Might be able to get it from someone locally for $70-$80. Would you recommend it as a low budget automotive photographer/videographer?
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Old 03-26-2013, 09:28 AM   #10386
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I'd get it. On your camera (mine also) we have cropped cameras. So it will function as about an 85mm.

You'd be shocked how useful that lens can be. As for using it specifically for auto, I'm bit sure of its benefits and I'm sure someone else here can answer that much better (I'm just starting to get into auto photos).

I'm sure if you Google image it, you'll see some results.
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Old 03-26-2013, 03:44 PM   #10387
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Found some on BH for around $70 so I think I'll get it. Since it does produce much sharper image. Luckily bunch of my friends are using Canon cameras so I can borrow some of the nicer and more advance lenses when I get better
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Old 03-26-2013, 05:00 PM   #10388
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the 50mm 1.8 is an awesome lens, but it does suck sometimes when your shot is limited by space.
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Old 03-26-2013, 07:06 PM   #10389
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the 50mm 1.8 is an awesome lens, but it does suck sometimes when your shot is limited by space.
Yeah when I used my friend T3i with the 50mm 1.4 lens it was pretty annoying because I have to stand pretty far away from my car lol. But I'll mostly do outdoor shoots so I should be fine. Plus I'll just throw the 18-55 on if I don't have a lot of space to work with. The differences shouldn't be too obvious on 720p video.
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Old 03-27-2013, 12:03 AM   #10390
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Couple quick edits from today's trip up to Cades Cove and the Tail of the Dragon from Gatlinburg


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Old 03-27-2013, 09:32 PM   #10391
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I really like the composition of the last two. Did you leave the reflections on the windshield there on purpose?
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Old 03-28-2013, 12:51 AM   #10392
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nope, no polorizer with me
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Old 03-29-2013, 04:34 PM   #10393
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What 1300whp looks like...


1300+ hp On The Move by rsutton198 | oneninety8.com, on Flickr
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Old 03-29-2013, 08:19 PM   #10394
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1300+ hp On The Move by rsutton198 | oneninety8.com, on Flickr

photo looks great, would of liked to see it going straight though, because its weird that its turning into the building, but moving along side i think would look better..just my .02 cents
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Old 03-29-2013, 08:20 PM   #10395
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photo looks great, would of liked to see it going straight though, because its weird that its turning into the building, but moving along side i think would look better..just my .02 cents
I have straight shots. The wheel company needed it at an angle and I didn't get the car when I needed it.
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Old 03-29-2013, 10:39 PM   #10396
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I have straight shots. The wheel company needed it at an angle and I didn't get the car when I needed it.
well that explains it...for the record i wasn't commenting on the shot in any way, shot looks great haha
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Old 03-31-2013, 10:30 AM   #10397
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:03 AM   #10398
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well that explains it...for the record i wasn't commenting on the shot in any way, shot looks great haha
Oh I didn't take it that way at all! It's all good. I thought the same thing...
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Old 04-01-2013, 04:37 PM   #10399
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Two from a recent photo shoot with a Ford Taurus SHO that I'm trying to decide between.

Not sure if I prefer the top one or the bottom one.








The top one fills the frame more and has a slightly more interesting angle, but I don't know if there's too little space on the left and bottom.

The bottom one gives the car a little more room, but I wish that orange fence on the right wasn't there...

Oh yeah, and "buy a circular polarizer". I know!

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Old 04-01-2013, 05:08 PM   #10400
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Couple quick edits from today's trip up to Cades Cove and the Tail of the Dragon from Gatlinburg

SO GOOD!
i wish there were roads like this in so cal :/
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