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Post by WickedSlow on Wed Sep 24, 2008 9:34 pm

The purpose of this thread is to share tips/tricks of automotive photography.
Feel free to post questions, ideas, techniques, or samples of work.
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Re: Car Photography

Post by WickedSlow on Wed Sep 24, 2008 9:47 pm

I've personally been interested in car photography for a long time, but only recently started to try and learn some ways to improve my work. I'm working with a basic digital SLR. I'll gladly share the limited knowledge I have if anyone has specific questions.

Topics to discuss:

- Photo composition
- Shoot locations
- Good / specific shooting angles (full car and close-up)
- Post production editing tips

What are you thoughts? (these are just a few topics to get things rolling on the thread)

Also, take a look at this link if you're a first-timer, its a pretty comprehensive guide for the basics:
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=417604

Lastly, here's a sample of my work (including post-production editing):
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Re: Car Photography

Post by bluehtchbckdrv on Thu Sep 25, 2008 2:13 am

I really love this type of photography, but i kinda suck at it lol. Happy to learn more though!!
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Re: Car Photography

Post by WickedSlow on Sun Sep 28, 2008 1:44 pm

Here's another link to what seemed like a pretty good run-through of the basic tips of automotive photography: (Ian, you might like the subject cars) http://www.cobracountry.com/fototips/
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Re: Car Photography

Post by 93cobra670 on Wed Oct 01, 2008 10:20 pm

in terms of choosing a location, my theory is industrial location + nice car = good picture
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Car Show Pics

Post by WickedSlow on Sun Oct 05, 2008 12:42 pm

Here are a couple edited images from the BMO Car Show yesterday.







Let me know if you have any specific editing tips; and lets see some more pics!
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HDR - Just experimenting

Post by WickedSlow on Sun Oct 05, 2008 3:24 pm

Anyone done HDR imaging before? I just started playing around with a trial version of a program called "photomatrix" that I saw on some other forums. In case you don't know what HDR is or does, it combines images of different exposure levels to capture the most detail and range of tones into one image. Here's a sample of some test photos I took last night and what I combined them into:

Beginning photos (same picture as different shutter speeds to get dark, normal, and light exposure levels.


And here's the final product. (It's not quite as impressive as some of the images you'll find if you search "HDR photo" on google images)
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Re: Car Photography

Post by 93cobra670 on Sun Oct 05, 2008 5:57 pm

a lot of guys on svtperformance are into hdr. I guess you need several pics of the same exact thing and overlap them like you said mark. But supposedly you can use photoshop to mimic the look. Its clearly nothing like a true hdr look tho
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wow!

Post by ProfNichols on Thu Nov 13, 2008 10:14 pm

Those are great pictures "slowster". I like the use of depth of field in the BMW photo, but I think you have a second calling with photography!
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