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Jan 28, 2009 03:23 |  #1

Well had some fun the other night in the grungy city of Tacoma with some Honda buddies. Spent around three hours goin to different locations and snaggin a nice burger at frisco freeze ;). Any and all C&C welcomed, I'm trying to get better so please be brutally honest.

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Jan 28, 2009 03:28 |  #2

I think most of these shots are rather soft. What lens did you use, and had the camera mounted on a tripod ?

For this kind of shots I always use a good tripod (read expensive unfortunately) and the camera with a 50mm 1.8 fixed focal on this tripod, triggered with a wire remote, that way you don't touch the camera and avoid all motion.


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Jan 28, 2009 07:42 |  #3

If your objective was to have fun & shoot in different locations, then I hope you did have fun. If your objective was to make the cars look as good as possible, then you failed. See my Sig for more.

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Jan 28, 2009 13:44 |  #4

#4 is nice... though they all look a bit soft.


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Jan 28, 2009 15:16 |  #5

PhotosGuy wrote in post #7204428 (external link)
If your objective was to have fun & shoot in different locations, then I hope you did have fun. If your objective was to make the cars look as good as possible, then you failed. See my Sig for more.

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Jan 28, 2009 15:52 |  #6

imho, you need a bit more ambient light and just have the flashes to make teh car pop as there is a lot of harsh shadows from the flashes.

these almost look like you're just using a flash on camera.

#4 is my favorite of the bunch




  
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Jan 28, 2009 16:32 |  #7

lambocars wrote in post #7203732 (external link)
I think most of these shots are rather soft. What lens did you use, and had the camera mounted on a tripod ?

For this kind of shots I always use a good tripod (read expensive unfortunately) and the camera with a 50mm 1.8 fixed focal on this tripod, triggered with a wire remote, that way you don't touch the camera and avoid all motion.

I was using a 50 1.8 actually lol. I was shooting hand held, I thought with the strobes I could get away from the softness, but I guess using opticle on the second flash theres bound to be a delay=softness. I shall try the shake proof technique you offered, thanks!

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If your objective was to have fun & shoot in different locations, then I hope you did have fun. If your objective was to make the cars look as good as possible, then you failed. See my Sig for more.

Your post mostly deals with ambient light when I used none. Could you explain a little more about how I could improve making the cars look better? Thanks for the welcome!

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#4 is nice... though they all look a bit soft.

Thanks! Yea hand held was not the route to got with this shoot unfortunately.

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funny how you dont include strob info on your link....so its no help

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imho, you need a bit more ambient light and just have the flashes to make teh car pop as there is a lot of harsh shadows from the flashes.

these almost look like you're just using a flash on camera.

#4 is my favorite of the bunch

I've tried balancing that with ambient, but find myself battling the whiteblance and trying to overpower/get up to the brightness of the ambient. Possible the ambient lights I was around were too bright. I guess I shall try at dusk or dawn.

Here are two pics from my other shoot:

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Jan 28, 2009 19:13 |  #8

Your post mostly deals with ambient light when I used none. Could you explain a little more about how I could improve making the cars look better? Thanks for the welcome!

Ambient light reflecting in the body is what makes them look better. It you're going to use artificial light, then you need to mimic the effect of the sky & light something else which will reflect in the car, like this wall, unless you shoot metallic paint like silver. Then you can do just about anything you want with them, as long as you MOVE YOUR FEET! .


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Jan 29, 2009 02:25 |  #9

They're composed well, they just need some PSing. Lighting cars at night with small strobes takes practice.

At night the world is your studio, you choose every light, every angle, every color. If you just want pretty shots of cars, find an open area and a sunset.

If you want to come up with something different then keep experimenting.

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Jan 29, 2009 18:15 |  #10

PhotosGuy wrote in post #7208724 (external link)
Ambient light reflecting in the body is what makes them look better. It you're going to use artificial light, then you need to mimic the effect of the sky & light something else which will reflect in the car, like this wall, unless you shoot metallic paint like silver. Then you can do just about anything you want with them, as long as you MOVE YOUR FEET! .


I'll try that someday. Thanks for the advice. Do you have any photos that you have actually created that look good? I mean ones that you haven't gone to an event and snapped. The pictures in your write-ups are pretty bland. Not trying to be harsh, I see how the simplicity works for the demonstration, but do you have any that you've picked a destination or I guess some that that are dynamic and not stagnate. Maybe I'm a little off, my apologies if I am, but I'd just like to see more of your work. Like some with different crops, instead of your usual center crop. Again my apologies if I’m out of line.

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They're composed well, they just need some PSing. Lighting cars at night with small strobes takes practice.

At night the world is your studio, you choose every light, every angle, every color. If you just want pretty shots of cars, find an open area and a sunset.

If you want to come up with something different then keep experimenting.

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Thanks man, I get where you're coming from. I'm definitely going to keep practicing.




  
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Jan 29, 2009 19:31 |  #11

I mean ones that you haven't gone to an event and snapped. The pictures in your write-ups are pretty bland. Not trying to be harsh, I see how the simplicity works for the demonstration, but do you have any that you've picked a destination or I guess some that that are dynamic and not stagnate. Maybe I'm a little off, my apologies if I am, but I'd just like to see more of your work. Like some with different crops, instead of your usual center crop.

There are some links of not so standard shots in the Tips thread. Did you look through all the links on both pages?
As to different crops, making the car look as good as possible is what people want to buy & it's what I do the most of. "Creative" car + landscape shots & strobe lit garage shots don't sell here.


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