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Jun 10, 2012 23:11 |  #1

I shot this last night and wanted to see what you all think about it. This is one of my first times shooting a car without any lights and all and is an experiement on the location/ lighting. There is no external lights just the lights from the covers that you see there. Tell me what you honestly think.

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Jun 10, 2012 23:24 |  #2

As you see how long I've been shooting for, you could take this with a grain of salt :D

First thing that stuck out to me is that the Lexus logo is very dark and hard to see compared to the side of the car (since the light is focused on the doors). I imagine putting some focus on the product logo would be beneficial.

I do like how you played the lighting to make the shot dramatic.


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Jun 10, 2012 23:26 |  #3

Generally looks good to me. The top of the car and hood is a tad dark but if you're working with "natural" light, I think you did a good job.


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Jun 11, 2012 01:54 |  #4
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not bad at all man. its nice lighting, but not even (e.g., hood)

definitely would need light hitting the dark parts that blend the car into the background. itll make your subject pop more. (drive side A pillar, passenger front tire)

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Jun 11, 2012 01:56 |  #5
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also, i think for me as a more knowledgeable photographer than i use to be, its a waste of time to shoot that late. a purple twilight night background would better enhance the photo.


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Jun 11, 2012 10:10 |  #7

I was wondering what people were saying when they said it was dark(hood and grill) but looking at it on my phone it is really dark. On my monitor and my test print is much nicer. The sky has more color to it and is not pure black, the hood is much brighter, grill and emblom are much more a focus and the car has better seperation from the sky/ structure. It is something really screwy on the web and I amdetermined to figure out why.

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Jun 11, 2012 21:03 |  #8

Image is reuploaded. Check now to see what you think. I am not sure why the internet did that but fixed now.

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Jun 11, 2012 21:26 |  #9

I actually quite like the lighting because it doesn't look staged/artificial, it looks authentic. The first thing that strikes me is the the image looks a bit soft. What aperture was used, and where was the focus point?

Also, since there is an overall lack of color, specifically in the background, I would experiment with some different B&W edits.


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Jun 11, 2012 23:46 |  #10

The Fox wrote in post #14562619external link
I was wondering what people were saying when they said it was dark(hood and grill) but looking at it on my phone it is really dark. On my monitor and my test print is much nicer. The sky has more color to it and is not pure black, the hood is much brighter, grill and emblom are much more a focus and the car has better seperation from the sky/ structure. It is something really screwy on the web and I amdetermined to figure out why.

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There are several reasons for that.
Have you calibrated your monitor?

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Editing Room Lighting?

Even if your monitor is calibrated, your browser can make a difference: WEB BROWSER CHECK - Test Pageexternal link - ICC profiles and Photoshop Color Management


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Jun 12, 2012 00:24 |  #11

PhotosGuy wrote in post #14566367external link
There are several reasons for that.
Have you calibrated your monitor?

What's "Color Management"?external link

Editing Room Lighting?

Even if your monitor is calibrated, your browser can make a difference: WEB BROWSER CHECK - Test Pageexternal link - ICC profiles and Photoshop Color Management

I have done all that, but it was my fault. After talking with a friend I made it perfect for my printer and left it be, and that way my downfall as I left it like that for everything else and on web it is a no no.

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Jun 12, 2012 00:26 |  #12

mannetti21 wrote in post #14565803external link
I actually quite like the lighting because it doesn't look staged/artificial, it looks authentic. The first thing that strikes me is the the image looks a bit soft. What aperture was used, and where was the focus point?

Also, since there is an overall lack of color, specifically in the background, I would experiment with some different B&W edits.

F1.4 on my 50mm. I did not want it to be all in focus so I just left it wide open. It is better when you print it then on the monitor that is for sure and no worse then some ads I have seen shot before.

I was thinking that, but you loose the color in the paint(which is important in my and some of my clients opinion) and the background is just a bit desaturated to be honest because of the lack of color in the car. I see where you are going and it was not in the cards for me.

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Jun 12, 2012 00:40 |  #13
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its a lot better. not sure what happened or if you just uploaded the wrong picture earlier.

good job. those solar panels act as such an awesome light source


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Jun 12, 2012 17:16 as a reply to stayhumble's post |  #14

nobody said this yet that i saw, but I don't like where you placed the car in relation to the background, the building essentially merges with the car (left building and roof of car, close to the same color)... its like taking a portrait and having a tree come out of someones head.

I know you shot shallow DOF, and to try to help it, to me, its not enough.




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Jun 14, 2012 11:50 |  #15

I would have closed the Aperture a little to get more of the car in focus.. Other then that.. not bad at all.


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