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Old 05-24-2008, 02:57 AM   #101
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Dude Armin, it worked! I switched from Fine Large JPEG to-> Fine Large RAW for my sister's graduation tonight, and it came out 2x sharper! (I also used a tripod). What's amazing is that I got better pictures indoors, at night, with little light, without using flash, from a balcony 100 meters away w/ a telephoto zoom lens, than I did when I took pics of my car, when there was sun outside, using a lens w/ a greater f/-stop range!

Thanks man!
Out of curiosity what kind of equipment are you running? I think it's time I finally invested in a dedicated flash e.g. SB-600 or SB-800, metering was a b$#@! without one tonight.

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Old 05-24-2008, 03:03 AM   #102
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Dude Armin, it worked! I switched from Fine Large JPEG to-> Fine Large RAW for my sister's graduation tonight, and it came out 2x sharper! (I also used a tripod). What's amazing is that I got better pictures indoors, at night, with little light, without using flash, from a balcony 100 meters away w/ a telephoto zoom lens, than I did when I took pics of my car, when there was sun outside, using a lens w/ a greater f/-stop range!

Thanks man!
Out of curiosity what kind of equipment are you running? I think it's time I finally invested in a dedicated flash e.g. SB-600 or SB-800, metering was a b$#@! without one tonight.

- Kiro
Hi Kiro,

Honestly, I don't think there shouldn't been that dramatic of a difference between the two. I just got back from France and took the majority of my photos in Fine Large JPEG and they still turned out sharp, but hey...whatever works for ya!

As far as my equipment goes, it's all listed here:

http://www.arminausejo.com/about.html

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Old 05-24-2008, 03:36 AM   #103
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Hi Kiro,

Honestly, I don't think there shouldn't been that dramatic of a difference between the two. I just got back from France and took the majority of my photos in Fine Large JPEG and they still turned out sharp, but hey...whatever works for ya!

As far as my equipment goes, it's all listed here:

http://www.arminausejo.com/about.html

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Lol, I have to confess... I have gotten a little better at using my equipment since taking those photos of my car. Very awesome equipment btw; I didn't realize you were a professional photographer.
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Old 05-24-2008, 04:32 AM   #104
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Armin, thoughts on this pic?

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Old 05-24-2008, 11:51 AM   #105
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Armin, thoughts on this pic?

First off, sick car

Second, I'd probably compose the car more on the right side of the photo, but that's just my personal take on it. My good photographer friend Josh likes to compose his cars just like you did and it works really well for him.

Third, the rain and reflection are awesome, but I'm thinking that using a polarizer for the windshield would've made everything pop a little more. I'd like to see the sharpness of the raindrops in that respect. Here's an example of what I mean:



Since the skies are overcast, it could also probably use a slight bump in saturation and contrast in Photoshop. Otherwise, I like the location and the idea!
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Old 05-24-2008, 11:06 PM   #106
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Cool, thanks for all the tips bro!
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Old 06-01-2008, 10:27 AM   #107
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framing or cropping can be within the viewfinder of the camera or in post process..

i.e. seeing how close the helicopter is; there is aleast 60px of backround on all sides of the helicopter.

you can play with it, tight/closer more centered images, or shots which have a hierarchy of visual influence.. like this

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Old 06-02-2008, 12:45 PM   #108
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question for you guys.

how do you capture a good pic of hid's?

whenever i take pics of the car with my hids on they just look like regular halogen's (they are 6k)

any ideas?
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Old 06-02-2008, 01:17 PM   #109
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question for you guys.

how do you capture a good pic of hid's?

whenever i take pics of the car with my hids on they just look like regular halogen's (they are 6k)

any ideas?
It's all about white balance if it's the color that's giving you problems. Try changing your white balance around between the different settings (Sunny, Cloudy, Tungsten, Florescent, etc) or if your camera has actual Kelvin white balance settings, try playing around with those. Eventually, you should be able to hit the right white balance that'll get you the color you're looking for. Of course, if you shoot RAW, you can change the white balance at any time during your RAW conversion.

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Old 06-02-2008, 01:28 PM   #110
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Is there anything to people just being born with a better "eye" for pictars? Basically is this a learned talent or one that you are born with? I can't take a pic to save my ass...
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Old 06-02-2008, 02:29 PM   #111
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Is there anything to people just being born with a better "eye" for pictars? Basically is this a learned talent or one that you are born with? I can't take a pic to save my ass...
lets see some samples, maybe we can give you some advice
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Old 06-04-2008, 02:39 AM   #112
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Armin thanks for the lesson! Great thread. I was wondering if someone could give me a quick piece of advice...

I'm shopping for a new camera cause my current digi dosen't have aperture settings so all of my pics are the same blurry mess throughout. Can a camera with "aperture-priority" settings give me results comparable to a camera with fully adjustable aperture settings??? I've never used a cam with just the aperture-priority setting so I don't know how it works.
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Old 06-04-2008, 02:07 PM   #113
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Armin thanks for the lesson! Great thread. I was wondering if someone could give me a quick piece of advice...

I'm shopping for a new camera cause my current digi dosen't have aperture settings so all of my pics are the same blurry mess throughout. Can a camera with "aperture-priority" settings give me results comparable to a camera with fully adjustable aperture settings??? I've never used a cam with just the aperture-priority setting so I don't know how it works.
Thanks for the kind words Aperture Priority is simply a mode that lets you manually set your aperture, while the camera adjusts the shutter speed and exposure automatically. It gives you full adjustability for your aperture. I actually shoot the majority of the time in Aperture Priority mode, so this is exactly what you're going to want. Hope this helps!

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Old 06-04-2008, 02:47 PM   #114
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Figures that right after I post this I find out that my parents have a camera with aperture priority mode. After experimenting with it I believe that it is exactly what I need! I'm not allowed to post attachments yet, but I shot some model cars and was able to make them pop out from the background very nicely. I can't wait to get out and start shooting some scoobies! Thanks for the help!

Peeped your site btw...Armin ftw!
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Old 06-04-2008, 03:56 PM   #115
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Figures that right after I post this I find out that my parents have a camera with aperture priority mode. After experimenting with it I believe that it is exactly what I need! I'm not allowed to post attachments yet, but I shot some model cars and was able to make them pop out from the background very nicely. I can't wait to get out and start shooting some scoobies! Thanks for the help!

Peeped your site btw...Armin ftw!
I'm glad I could offer some help. Hope to see some new photos from you posted up here soon!

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Old 07-01-2008, 01:29 AM   #116
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Great work

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Old 07-02-2008, 07:02 PM   #117
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Excellent job! I myself have been taking pictures for quite some time (even though I'm only 18) and have never really messed around with automotive photography until now. I am starting to understand it a little better, and I must say that this write-up has definitely helped out. Even though a lot of the tips here I already had in my head from other photography I found this very helpful because it put the "rules" into an automotive setting.

Great shots, and thanks for the write-up! Here are some pictures from the second photoshoot that I had with my friend's S13. Even just after reading this write-up I have noticed many of the flaws in my photos.







and one moving shot that I kind of like. It is a different car of course...



Let me know what you think could be done to make these better.

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Old 07-05-2008, 09:37 AM   #118
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Your first shot is the strongest (IMO), and they all need a little PP, but you're definitely off to a good start!
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Old 07-05-2008, 11:49 AM   #119
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I like the 3rd shot, for the same colors on the hood as the "mall entrance/ exit" sign.
It would've been even nicer if there were some tire marks near that arrow on the ground, hinting a drift.
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Old 07-09-2008, 12:11 AM   #120
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Wow Armin, after reading this entire thread from start until now I feel a slight amount of pain in my eyes lol, but I'm really blown away with all your helpful tips. When I just first started reading from the start I didn't think that your little tips would make a such a huge difference in the end i realized that i was completely wrong. Thank you for launching this thread. Quick question, my folks bought a Sony DSC-H5 about a year ago which I didn't really play around with much. Do you think it's an alright camera for starters, and would you say that manual exposure is the best to use?
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Old 07-09-2008, 01:21 AM   #121
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Fantastic discussions in this thread. I hold no delusions of ever being a photography maestro, but I do like to take good photographs. Sometimes I get lucky, at others times the image looked better in my minds eye.

Would anyone who has experience mind critiquing the following images? One of them had minimal processing, the other a bit more to give it the right feel.

Just a little processing to help the colors pop a bit more. Taken later in the day (I like the late afternoon sun).


Same place, different angle and a little more processing.

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Old 07-09-2008, 01:39 AM   #122
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I personally love the 1st shot. I don't see much wrong with it at all. The light isn't too harsh, nice background, nothing's really "growing" out of the car, and no bad reflections.
I can see what you were attempting in the 2nd shot, but maybe try a few different angles next time? With that post processing I almost see it on an open country road in a valley perhaps. Style wise I find it very similar to old photos from the 70s and earlier which is what I assume you were going for.
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Old 07-09-2008, 10:21 PM   #123
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Wow Armin, after reading this entire thread from start until now I feel a slight amount of pain in my eyes lol, but I'm really blown away with all your helpful tips. When I just first started reading from the start I didn't think that your little tips would make a such a huge difference in the end i realized that i was completely wrong. Thank you for launching this thread. Quick question, my folks bought a Sony DSC-H5 about a year ago which I didn't really play around with much. Do you think it's an alright camera for starters, and would you say that manual exposure is the best to use?
Thanks, I'm glad it's been helpful As for the camera, it'll work just fine to get started. Manual mode is a perfect way to learn how all of the different settings for aperture and shutter speed affect your photos. If you can become an expert at using the manual mode on this camera, then you'll pretty much have a good base of understanding should you decide to go with a DSLR later on down the line.

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You've got a couple decent images here. I'd say the only thing that really stands out to me is the angle in which you're taking them. Don't be afraid to get dirty on that gravel to take a nice low shot. Also, make sure to use the sun to your advantage...you picked a good time of day, but just be careful about those shadows. I think that in the first shot, if you angled the car more toward facing you, you can get some of that nice sun on the side of the car. As for the second shot, I like the processing you did, but again, try shooting from a lower angle and maybe even turn the wheels toward the camera too. Wheels straight looks great for a side profile shot, but when you're shooting at a 3/4 view, it enhances your car as a subject with the wheel facing the camera. Hope this helps!

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Old 07-10-2008, 07:41 PM   #124
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Thanks for all the great tips Armin, your work is fantastic!

I'm a wedding photographer by trade, but I would like to my hand at automotive photography just to build my portfolio. I'm in the Glendale area but I used to live in Flagstaff so I know my way around AZ.

If anyone would like to have a 1:1 photo session I would be up for the challenge. If interested I have some of my work up on a MySpace page at http://www.myspace.com/luckycharmphoto. I'm still working on a real website...
I shoot with a Canon 40D and have a variety of lenses and other equipment.

Please PM me if you want to know more...
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Nice work Selina. Get yourself a 135L f2 and work it .
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