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Automotive Photography

Discussion in 'Automotive Discussion' started by Rassva, Aug 19, 2017.

  1. TDUFREAK500

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    Most non-commercial stuff is done in camera though, and outside of commercial circles, adding blur in post is often frowned upon in the photography community. it's better to try and push yourself to get the best image you can in camera. You could have still tried to shoot the car with a slower shutter speed but taken the photo either in the shade or in the sun, trying to get the whole car lit right between such different lighting is very hard to do, an important part of photography is reading the light and working with it, it's something that takes time to learn though. The shot of the Skoda you easily could have gotten that level of motion in camera, the lighting is pretty even and you are pretty much parallel to the camera, panning does take practice but it looks so much better in camera than added in post.

    @Mau, it's not a bad shot, but again too much dutch angle, I feel like I need to twist my head to look at the bike, and the composition is a little bit tight, the bike feels cramped into the corner, I also feel like the blacks need to be darker and it needs some contrast, it doesn't really pop in the image and just kinda blends in with the background and I'm not really sure where to look. That is another key thing, you need to make sure that the viewer is looking where you want them to in the image, so it needs to pop a lit bit compared to it's surroundings.

    Edit: Just realised I haven't posted any of my stuff in this thread, so have a few random ones.

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  2. Rassva

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    I wouldn't really bother with the photography community and stuff, they tend to whine or brag a lot more than they should. I don't really care how you take a photo as long as the end result is nice, most people who see the photo don't care. I admit that the pics that I've posted aren't the best and the editing took no more than 10 minutes, hence the bugs and stuff, will try more stuff from now on as now I have my own camera. Still, I kind of prefer sacrificing the good motion blur for car sharpness. Will try more things at the next event, cheers!

    That AMG shot is really nice, so is the RX7, love how you managed to make it dark without overdoing it. Plenty of detail in the clouds without sacrificing much of the car. I seem to spot some minor chromatic abberations at the wing but nothing terrible.
    That photo of Mad Mike, I feel that you should've lightened up his face and made it more dramatic. Also, the framing is just perfect.
     
  3. TDUFREAK500

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    Thanks man, and yeah a bit of CA is to be expected with kit lenses, they are low quality glass and that comes with the territory. In terms of the mad mike shot, I did try brightening up his face more, but it felt unnatural to me, I do like to have some drama to shots, but I also try to keep things looking reasonably realistic, golden hour being a rare exception as I love to make the oranges really pop.
     
  4. Rassva

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    Didn't realise it was the pancake lens with a 1000d until I checked your flickr, thought you had something a lot better, proof you don't need to spend a ton on gear to take good pics. Is 40mm good? Was looking at a 35mm lens, but there's a nice deal on a Nikon 40mm which can also do macro, even though I don't really care about that.
     
  5. TDUFREAK500

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    Yeah man I love the 40mm, it's a great bit of glass, it's a bit of a pain to shoot with compared to the 18-55 kit lens, with it being a prime so you have to walk around a lot more to get your framing just right, so for shooting in a motorsport environment it's not the best, but I still love using it when I can. But I usually use the 18-55 as it's a more practical lens if you have to work around groups of people or you don't have a lot of time to frame your shot, but the quality of the 40mm is much better, so it's still a great lens to have in the camera bag. and in terms of you choosing between the 35 and 40mm, look up reviews and see which one has the better quality glass, and is nicer to shoot with, it's not a huge difference in length at such a short focal length, even though with a crop body the 40mm is more like a 65mm (if your sensor is a 1.6x crop like pretty much all canon crop bodies, not entirely sure about Nikon's crop factor though) at the end of the day the lens with the better quality glass will produce better images. Btw macro can be cool for shooting details on cars.
     
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    Think I will go with the 35mm 1.8 and a 18-70 ED glass kit lens. Saw some samples of the 35mm and its really good on a crop cam. Nikon's factor is 1.5.
     
  7. Diablo

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    Awesome shots @TDUFREAK500. I really like the little subtle sunlight glint on that Audi R8 shot. What car sounded the best when it was let loose?
     
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    Thanks guys! @Diablo in terms of the GT cars, they all sounded amazing, but I think the howl of the V12 Aston Martins was my personal favourite, but out of the cars in the photos I posted, the RX7 is my personal favourite, it has a screaming N/A 3 rotor under the hood that sounds amazing at WOT! I actually have some iPhone video of the car from that day.

     
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    That does sound good and extra points on taking the video the right way! :p
     
  11. Rassva

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    Found this really old mad skillz edit I mate a year ago
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    That is cool! What software allows you to cut objects out and is it easier than that dreaded Pen Tool from Photoshop?
     
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    Damn this is crazy!
     
  14. TDUFREAK500

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    The video doesn't do the sound justice, its on a totally different level in person!
     
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    These from today
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    Wish you'd got close to that BMW as that is a very clean example of such a classic. Nice behind the scenes type shot with the F430. Was that actually running in the rally?
     
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    Yup, everything was running in the hillclimbe event. Couldn't get too close to some of the cars as people were working on them. I also have a few pics from todays event to edit.
     
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    An old photo I found, taken like 4yrs ago in Italy

    [​IMG]Mini by Mauriciooo!, en Flickr

    I think it looks a bit too dark
     
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    Oh, I see you're a man of culture as well

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    Some event from today
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