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First Car Shoot

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Feb 22, 2011 01:08 |  #1

Hey guys over the weekend I had my first real shoot with a car, I know it's a canon site (of which I'll be purchasing soon) but for this shoot I used a Sony A-200 with a tungsten light to paint the car. Any feedback is good feedback. :)


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Feb 22, 2011 07:35 |  #2

different wheels = ugly

first one isn't bad but you cropped the rest of the wing
2nd one screams ricer angle

in 1 and 3 I can't help but stare at the windows, they are distracting..
otherwise you lighting and exposure were good

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Feb 22, 2011 07:43 |  #3

don't like the reflections and backgrounds

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Feb 22, 2011 07:58 |  #4

#2 is the better of the set. Lighting is good. One thing that would make a difference is turning the front wheels toward your camera. IMHO

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Feb 22, 2011 08:01 |  #5

I like them! Background works for me - it is appropriate setting and in shadow.
My suggestions:
#1 has way too much floor = is top heavy. Would be better with more dark background wall/ceiling than floor....OR crop it .
Liking #2 but always leave more room in front of the car ...not the back. Personally, I never understand why people crouch down for low angle 3/4 view and eliminate the top of the car. You could crop off more floor &back here too.

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Feb 22, 2011 09:16 |  #6

1. too much foreground. The car doesn't look completely in focus. If you look at the wheels, they have a soft focus. I do not like the clutter in the background. There is something round sticking up out of the car..hood/windshield area. The light coming from the windows is over taking the light on the subject, there is something black behind the car and I can't tell if it's part of the car or not. (I assume not, but that is what I am saying). There is too much light towards the back end of the car to the point that the word "Drift" is over exposed and hard to read. Overall the car does not have correct exposure from bumper to bumper. Not crazy about the reflection of the lights in the windows.
2. The overall picture is too dark. Like I said before not good exposure for the whole car. Nice angle. Whatever is white on the left side is distracting.
3. This end would be a good shot to show off the wing, if the wing was in focus. The wing is also dirty. If you are going to photograph cars, tell the owner to clean their car before the shoot. Unless you are shooting a mud bogging event. Too much light is coming from the windows and is distracting. To much clutter in the background.

Personally, these shots should have been taken outside. Even if the car couldn't go far, it could be park against the building and use the brick building as a background. It would be a clean, no clutter background and you would have better exposure then what shows in the pictures posted.

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Feb 22, 2011 11:44 |  #7

I agree. The car in any of these photos are not entirely in focus. Usually car photo shoots have the car in perfect focus or at least a part of it. Nothing really seams that way. I also agree that the garage kind of distracts. Find a nice open area with something appealing in the background to shoot the car in.

I am new at photography. So don't judge what I say to carefully! :)

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Feb 22, 2011 11:55 |  #8

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Feb 22, 2011 21:49 |  #9

Thanks guys, As for the mix matched wheels that's the owners preference on how he runs them so who am I to tell him his it's ugly.

I know what you mean with the dirtyness it had only been back in Australia for a few days prior which was a pain.

Now that the car is running again I'm looking to shooting it outside it was just hard to push a car up and down hill with myself and the owner.

But all tips are being taken into account :)

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Feb 23, 2011 09:33 |  #10

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