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Neil255
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Feb 23, 2013 09:54 |  #1

Here is my 2010 Audi S4, my first attempt at shooting a stationary car so what I'm after is a lot of c&c as I know there are a lot of very good car photographers on here. I was hoping to get a lot more pictures of it but after taking a handful it started snowing which cut my shooting time short.

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IMAGE: http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8235/8499802387_d91aa3dcbf_b.jpg
IMAGE LINK: http://www.flickr.com/​photos/theneilj/849980​2387/  (external link)

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IMAGE: http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8509/8500908238_2ae748befc_b.jpg
IMAGE LINK: http://www.flickr.com/​photos/theneilj/850090​8238/  (external link)

I realise in both shots the fence on top of the wall is visible in the reflections and I should of moved the car forward a touch to avoid it and the second shot is more of a Photoshop experiment, if anyone could tell me how to improve it I would be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

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Feb 23, 2013 10:11 |  #2

#1 is OK, but there's nothing about it to make it "Special" over a "for sale" shot, like MHO's shot: Photochoped Audi S5
Or Reno_LV's white Honda. (external link)
Or 1013mm's Porche shot. (external link)

I can think of several ways that #2 could be improved, starting with removing that "IN YOUR FACE" plate. Why not post the original & your version in the Automotive Image Editing/Post-Processing: Before and After thread & see what the guys can come up with?
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Feb 23, 2013 16:55 |  #3

Original :

IMAGE: http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8235/8499802387_d91aa3dcbf_b.jpg

Check out my quick, 5 minutes post processing on your first shot :
IMAGE: http://www.carphototutorials.com/images/audi_s4_edit.jpg

Very simple in fact :
1. increase the impact of the photo by changing the curves, making the black more intensive and the white pop more
2. add a 'vibrance' layer to make the bricks and floor come out better
3. step 2 kinda 'ruined' the look of the car, so I added a black&white layer to get perfect, neutral white on the car, using the mask I only applied it to the car itself.
4. get rid of the license plate, make a habit of doing that in fact, will safe you a lot of trouble ... been there, done that.
5. a softlight layer to add a vignet at top and bottom
6. changed the crop to have the car in the lower left hand corner ... rule of thirds remember.

And that's it, a few minutes to create a totally different look and feel. I could replace the entire background, but that's not the c&c you are looking for I think.

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Feb 23, 2013 18:12 as a reply to  @ lambocars's post |  #4

Thanks for the advice guys, I have posted #2 in Automotive Image Editing/Post-Processing: Before and After thread as you suggested Frank, hopefully someone will help me out.

Also thanks allot lambocars I have had another go at editing my pic using your suggestions and I have come up with this:

IMAGE: http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8513/8501037803_b249a81476_b.jpg
IMAGE LINK: http://www.flickr.com/​photos/theneilj/850103​7803/  (external link)

I have altered a couple of your suggestions as I preferred the way the wheels, numberplate and windsreen look in colour other than b&w.

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Apr 12, 2013 22:19 |  #5

beautiful car.


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Apr 13, 2013 20:32 |  #6

Yeah...'beautiful car'...but that ugly license plate pretty much ruins the look!


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Apr 15, 2013 11:38 |  #7

the second one is too dark in my opion


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