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Whats best lens for taking pic of cars?

 
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Jun 02, 2011 18:34 |  #31

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Generally speaking in terms of focal lenghts, I prefer moderately wide or moderately tele. 28-35 or 75-90 on FF.


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Jun 02, 2011 21:21 |  #32

Thanks for the good tutorial.

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Okay, the quick and dirty. This is for outdoor car shows, sun or overcast makes no difference. If it's bright direct sun you wait for the right light for the shot you want. If it's overcast it's ideal, no harsh shadow, no glare, etc.. In any regard, my processing is pretty much the same for outdoor shots...

I use Paint Shop Pro X2, and within that program there are a few things I use that can be done with Photoshop and similar, but I don't know how you would duplicate the effects. I'd have to run through Photoshop (I have CS4) to see what the appropriate adjustments are.

Basic workflow usually goes Free Rotate (if necessary), Crop (for better framing if necessary and to remove dead space from the rotate), Clarity, Noiseware, Fill Light or Curves (depends on the shot), USM...


This image I Free Rotate to the Right by 2°...

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Then I crop to get rid of the dead space (the red corners) and for framing...

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Then I resize by 50% to make the image easier to work with, and also because it seems to be the best size for uploading to the web without losing any detail. I then use the "Clarity" adjustment, and normally it's set to the highest, which is 20...

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This boosts the dynamic range of colors, brightens shadow, evens out lighting. It also boosts noise in certain shots, but that's not a problem because I use noise reduction anyway. Noiseware set on the Default setting will smooth the paint, giving it the glossy fluid look, and on the Default setting it won't kill fine detail. If it gets rid of any finer details I either duplicate the layer and adjust the opacity, or it's not enough of a loss to notice...

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After that it's basically just an adjustment here or there for lighting, brightness, whatever, and usually it's either the Fill Light adjustment or an adjustment in Curves or the Histogram. USM for detail and edge separation and there you go...

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Most of the time you won't see much difference from start to finish except for the better color and detail, and this shot isn't similar to the other one, I did a fair amount of cloning and copy-paste to remove the yellow striping, and I'm sure my adjustments were off by a little bit with the lighting and whatnot. However, that's basically it. Not that hard, and for any image it takes about 30 seconds to run through the steps from start to finish, unless I have to clone stuff out or whatnot.


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Jun 02, 2011 21:23 |  #33

Well, I don't know how "good" it really is, but you're welcome. I have fairly easy tricks for cloning and whatnot too, helps to get rid of obnoxious parking lot lines and unwanted people


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Jun 03, 2011 08:00 |  #34

Thanks guys! I'm liking the idea of a wide lens, but is it also good for all around lens? I want to prob just carry one or two lens around.

Here are a few pictures I took with my T2i with kit lens.

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Jun 03, 2011 08:03 |  #35

I was going be getting a grip and a camera bag soon. And want to sell maybe both my 18-55 and 55-20 lens. Would a 17-55 be good replacement for the kit lens?


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Jun 03, 2011 11:19 |  #36

nice cleaning!!!!!

i clean my daily driver about once a year :)

unless the rain cleans it for me, then i sometimes leave it longer......


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Jun 03, 2011 20:44 |  #37

Thanks! I try to keep my car clean so I can get more customer. :)

I'm not doing any crazy editing, because I don't know how to. But want a good lens to take detailed pics. Will the 15-85 be a huge upgrade over my kit lens? It almost cost 10x more.


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Jun 04, 2011 16:28 as a reply to  @ LeeRatters's post |  #38

Wow, that is quite the cleaning, polishing, and waxing process. And my wife thinks I am bad. :-) I am partial to using the Canon 10-22 for car pictures. Here is an example, maybe the best example but gives you an idea. (You can do some fun shots close up with a UWA lens.)


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Jun 04, 2011 16:36 |  #39

slickooz wrote in post #12532156 (external link)
Will the 15-85 be a huge upgrade over my kit lens? It almost cost 10x more.

a huge upgrade?...no...it's definitely not going to give you 10X the results...also where are you shopping it should be only about 6X the cost of the kit lens...


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Jun 04, 2011 16:55 |  #40

Just to say the Starter lens kit that comes with the canon eos 550d (ti2 rebel) isn't that bad ^^ Can be used in many situations with quite good results, excepted zooming :P


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Jun 06, 2011 22:11 |  #41

Where the cheapest place to get 15-85mm?


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