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Keedo
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Aug 10, 2012 09:51 |  #1

Hey, i take a lot of pictures of cars and most of the time theyre at night.

So, i was wondering what settings you guys start your settings off with?
I always use a tripod, a hood. Getting a shutter cable soon.

I have a T3i with a sigma 10-20 .4. And the 18-55 kit lens, along with the kit telephotolens. I have a CPL for the 18 kit lens.

I was wondering if there were any lens's out there that you guys reccomend? I am not a fan of the start affect i get from lights and is there any way to get rid of flares besides using a hood?

Also, what are some angles i should be shooting at? I mainly shoot with my UWA from the front or the front corner of the vehicle. I try to get a lot of sky in the picture too.

Any suggestions help, thanks!


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Aug 10, 2012 11:20 |  #2

Since you aren't sharing images, I need to move this thread to "T. Talk".

What kind of "night shots"? Look at the difference between the first & 2nd shots here: Ships at Dusk
Some of the best "night shots" I've seen were taken before it's totally dark while there's still some light left in the sky. Try one when there's just a tiny bit of light left in the sky after sunset.

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Aug 10, 2012 12:02 |  #3

PhotosGuy wrote in post #14840401external link
Since you aren't sharing images, I need to move this thread to "T. Talk".

What kind of "night shots"? Look at the difference between the first & 2nd shots here: Ships at Dusk
Some of the best "night shots" I've seen were taken before it's totally dark while there's still some light left in the sky. Try one when there's just a tiny bit of light left in the sky after sunset.

And: 2011 Chevy Cruze Sedan LS

Sorry for posting in the wrong section, thanks for moving it.

Checking out the links now, thhanks!


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Aug 10, 2012 13:27 |  #4

You might want to take a look at the tutorials I've written on automotive photography at CarPhotoTutorials.comexternal link


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Aug 10, 2012 13:39 |  #5

Keedo wrote in post #14839960 (external link)
Hey, i take a lot of pictures of cars and most of the time theyre at night.

So, i was wondering what settings you guys start your settings off with?
I always use a tripod, a hood. Getting a shutter cable soon.

I have a T3i with a sigma 10-20 .4. And the 18-55 kit lens, along with the kit telephotolens. I have a CPL for the 18 kit lens.

I was wondering if there were any lens's out there that you guys reccomend? I am not a fan of the start affect i get from lights and is there any way to get rid of flares besides using a hood?

Also, what are some angles i should be shooting at? I mainly shoot with my UWA from the front or the front corner of the vehicle. I try to get a lot of sky in the picture too.

Any suggestions help, thanks!


From actually having used a Canon 18-55mm lens, the camera just goes into Program AE. The idea is to concentrate on framing and let the camera handle the exposure decisions. Examples:


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Focal Length: 18.0mm
Aperture: f/3.5
Exposure Time: 0.033 s (1/30)
ISO equiv: 250
Exposure Bias: +0.67 EV
Metering Mode: Matrix
Exposure: program (Auto)
White Balance: Auto
Flash Fired: No (enforced)
Orientation: Normal
Color Space: sRGB

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Focal Length: 18.0mm
Aperture: f/3.5
Exposure Time: 0.033 s (1/30)
ISO equiv: 250
Exposure Bias: none
White Balance: Auto
Flash Fired: No (enforced)
Orientation: Normal
Color Space: sRGB

IMAGE NOT FOUND IMAGE IS A REDIRECT OR MISSING!
Byte size: ZERO | Content warning: NOT AN IMAGE


Focal Length: 21.0mm
Aperture: f/3.5
Exposure Time: 0.025 s (1/40)
ISO equiv: 1250
Exposure Bias: +0.33 EV
Metering Mode: Matrix
Exposure: program (Auto)
White Balance: Auto
Flash Fired: No (enforced)
Orientation: Normal
Color Space: sRGB

The Canon 18-55mm lens used here is an image stabilizer lens, which eases hand-holding with slow shutter speeds indoors, as seen here. All of these examples were taken hand-held, no tripod, using available light.

Also, using Canon Live View cameras, such as the T2i that generated these examples, allows accurate framing at angles where the viewfinder is not held against the face and eases the creation of low-angle images such as those seen here.



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Aug 11, 2012 10:44 as a reply to PhotosGuy's post |  #6

Don't forget to check out the links in photoguy's sig...


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Sep 06, 2012 21:08 |  #7

lambocars wrote in post #14840920external link
You might want to take a look at the tutorials I've written on automotive photography at CarPhotoTutorials.comexternal link

+1 Some useful information here.



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Sep 06, 2012 21:08 |  #8

GFWilliams wrote in post #14844235external link
Don't forget to check out the links in photoguy's sig...

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Sep 07, 2012 08:57 |  #9

GFWilliams wrote in post #14844235 (external link)
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