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Reducing glare on cars

 
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Nov 28, 2012 04:25 |  #1

Normally, I would search the net and try everything I can think of to overcome an issue, but this is one I haven't had much luck with.

The issue I am having is with glare / hot spots, especially on silver and white cars (not unsurprisingly). Its something I cannot seem to avoid. I understand that the angle / direction of the sun does play a part, but I find that no matter what angle it's at, I still have the issue on the car somewhere.

The only luck I have had trying to minimise it is to underexpose the picture, but, then its underexposed.....

I have tried rotating the polariser to work on the area of the car, but that doesnt really make a difference either.

Anyone out there with any fancy (or not so fancy) ways on minimising this?

Here are some pictures to show you what I'm talking about.

Large blown area on the front bumper.

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Blown area aswell, but doesn't stand out as much as above.
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Again, small blown area, but I wouldnt want to drop the exposure any further.
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Ash.

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Nov 28, 2012 10:40 |  #2

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Normally, I would search the net and try everything I can think of to overcome an issue, but this is one I haven't had much luck with.

The issue I am having is with glare / hot spots, especially on silver and white cars (not unsurprisingly). Its something I cannot seem to avoid. I understand that the angle / direction of the sun does play a part, but I find that no matter what angle it's at, I still have the issue on the car somewhere.

The only luck I have had trying to minimise it is to underexpose the picture, but, then its underexposed.....

I have tried rotating the polariser to work on the area of the car, but that doesnt really make a difference either.

Anyone out there with any fancy (or not so fancy) ways on minimising this?

Here are some pictures to show you what I'm talking about.

Large blown area on the front bumper.


Cheers,
Ash.

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Nov 29, 2012 16:11 |  #3

Thanks for the link. Lots of decent info in there, but still doesn't exactly cover what Im trying to sort out. I cannot manage to reduce the glare, even with the polariser rotated to work on that area without substantially underexposing the rest of the picture. Maybe its just something have to deal with and try and work around as much as possible with slightly different angles.


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Nov 30, 2012 17:41 |  #4

Although there are some blown-out spots in the above images, I think the images work well overall. I didn't even notice the blown out areas because the overall exposure is spot on. Shooting motorsports means working within the confines you're given. It's not like you can move your subject to a specified area where you have full control over all lighting aspects.

As long as the shapes of the cars are well defined and the overall exposure is balanced, don't worry about hot spots.


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Dec 01, 2012 13:29 as a reply to  @ JacobPhoto's post |  #5

+1. I think the shots are real good. Like Jacob said, shooting motorsports means a certain amount of compromise. Lighting is what nature gives us. It's one thing to be able to reduce glare on a stationary car, but something you may not be able to hope for on a fast moving one.


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Dec 03, 2012 15:43 |  #6

Thanks guys. Its good to hear that other shooters don't see it as too much of a problem. They guys buying the shots don't seem to mind (or even notice for that matter). I am always over critical of my own shots, with little things that everyone else will never even notice, I just have to keep reminding myself of that.

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Dec 04, 2012 17:04 |  #7

Have to agree with the others ASH.
I don't see anything to be concerned about with those pics.
With all the different angles and surfaces that the sun/light reflects off, you'll virtually never eliminate all of the glare/reflections.
What I usually do with a hot spot like those is usually correct it in post with the dodge/burn tool - or just leave it.

In the pic of the yellow Commodore, more distracting to me is the stray and clipped Nissan in the bottom left corner and the billboards in the background of all three images.
Those shots could be improved a whole lot if cropped a bit tighter to get rid of those distractions.


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