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Tom Wiley 03-18-2008 02:15 AM

Picture taking advice?
 
What are some general tips for taking pictures of cars? I feel like I take pictures and only a few turn out. So do some of the photo savvy folks take pictures of cars?

HonestJhon 03-18-2008 02:22 AM

windows closed, antenna down, make sure there arent any items "growing" from the subject, like a tree or telephone pole or sign. give the car a nice detailing.
infill lighting if there are details on the car that dont really show up (grill, emblem, body line) use a cheap reflector (cardboard with aluminum foil on it) to achieve this.


umm, polarized filter to reduce glare....


umm....
im no photographer, but thats what i've picked up from working WITH photographers.

daijoubanai 03-18-2008 02:22 AM

If its dark, bring a tripod.
If its a 3/4 shot, turn the wheels so more wheel is shown, not the other way around.
Your light source should be behind you, even if that means you have to move your car for every picture.
Get photoshop and learn to use it.
windows should be all the way down or all the way up.
Make sure there's no light poles or trees behind your car.
Dont post 20 versions of the same veiw of your car, one is enough.
Take a lot of pictures, if its blurry at all, dont bother using it.
Get photoshop and learn to use it.
Taking all your pictures at stupid angles is not artistic, its just annoying.
Make sure the surroundings arent distracting.

Thats all that I can think of off the top of my head.

daijoubanai 03-18-2008 02:32 AM

Here's an example

See in this picture the light was behind me, so the side of the car I took the picture of is lit up.
http://www.supercars.net/pitlane/pic...0/3338897a.jpg

Also, notice in this picture how the wheels are turned so the wheel is showing. You'll either want to turn them like this or just leave them straight.
http://www.supercars.net/pitlane/pic...0/3337329d.jpg

This is not my picture, but its an example of what not to do. When the light is on the other side of the car, the car will be too dark or the surroundings will be washed out.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3404/...14ee5ce7de.jpg


it looks silly when the wheels are turned so you see the tread. This is bad.
http://www.supercars.net/pitlane/pic...6/3329934a.jpg

daijoubanai 03-18-2008 11:21 PM

I just remembered a really good tip for shooting at night that you all should know, but it really only works well if you have a buddy with you.
When taking a picture of your car at night/in the dark, dont leave the headlights on, it will usually look terrible and look like they're super bright. But, if you have a buddy, have him get in the car and quickly turn on the lights for like a 1/2 second while you take a long exposure. This way, the headlights are on like you wanted and you can still see the surrounding car.

Tom Wiley 03-18-2008 11:36 PM

Thank you very much. I will have to get a tripod in order to do more night shots.

daijoubanai 03-18-2008 11:44 PM

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Originally Posted by Yeliwmots (Post 1688583)
Thank you very much. I will have to get a tripod in order to do more night shots.

Its pretty much required for night shots. Not every picture looks good with the camera on the ground.

volvo740t 03-18-2008 11:56 PM

Have you ever heard of a "not" joke?

dbh86 03-19-2008 12:19 AM

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Show off your rims, not your tires. I find that the weird angles of wheels the other way can ruin a picture.

volvo740t 03-19-2008 12:24 AM

pretty color

dbh86 03-19-2008 12:28 AM

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Originally Posted by volvo740t (Post 1688665)
pretty color

The car is actually red, but you can thank photoshop for that.

Big Lan 03-19-2008 01:16 AM

Read this
http://www.popularhotrodding.com/fea...phr/index.html
They've got some tips for taking good shots in there. They had another article on the same subject, but I can't seem to find it.

Also, what kind of camera do you have? Not saying you need an $800 SLR and a $1500 lens, but if you're using some cheapie point and shoot, your pictures aren't going to come out very good.

I shot these with a Canon Powershot S2is
http://img72.imageshack.us/img72/921...5mediumoi9.jpg

http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i2...8383Medium.jpg

http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i2...8396Medium.jpg

http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i2...8411Medium.jpg

http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i2...8437Medium.jpg

http://img183.imageshack.us/img183/5...8mediumze7.jpg

The one of the Mustang and the one of the Volvos was handheld, the others were with a tripod. I'm no photographer, but I know quality equipment helps ensure quality product. And, as was said, if you're taking pictures for the express purpose of a photo shoot, take tons of pictures. A little harder on the wallet if you're shooting film, but digital is great for that. Keep the ones you like, the rest go into the recycle bin.
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Originally Posted by rancidponymilk (Post 1688554)
I just remembered a really good tip for shooting at night that you all should know, but it really only works well if you have a buddy with you.
When taking a picture of your car at night/in the dark, dont leave the headlights on, it will usually look terrible and look like they're super bright. But, if you have a buddy, have him get in the car and quickly turn on the lights for like a 1/2 second while you take a long exposure. This way, the headlights are on like you wanted and you can still see the surrounding car.

I like that, I never would have thought to do that.
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Originally Posted by dbh86 (Post 1688675)
The car is actually red, but you can thank photoshop for that.

Mazda's got a color that looks a lot like that, actually.

shellshock 03-19-2008 01:31 AM

Avoid the angles:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2267/...a282f663_b.jpg

Mr Yuck 03-19-2008 01:41 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Big Lan (Post 1688753)

Also, what kind of camera do you have? Not saying you need an $800 SLR and a $1500 lens, but if you're using some cheapie point and shoot, your pictures aren't going to come out very good.

A decent camera can be had for $100 or less. To get good results from a decent camera, it really helps to use a tripod, take night shots, take HDR shots.

Clean car is a plus.

Location location location.

Try different viewpoints, above the car, below the car, tilt, alleys, beaches, mountains...scenic backdrops can really complement the car.

Break photographic rules once in a while, show the tread on your tires, tilt that horizon...or even give it a 45* tilt! UPSET PEOPLE! IT'S A BLAST!!! Overexpose it for a crazy look, shoot into the light for a sillhouette.

Most of all though, location, it doesnt matter if you have a $50 point and shoot or a $1500 SLR-Lens combo, a driveway or parking lot shot is boring.

Canon A510, goes for under $70 on ebay
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/mistayuck/2177113764/" title="Clean? by Mista Yuck, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2258/2177113764_d26c0fa8cc.jpg" width="500" height="314" alt="Clean?" /></a>

Canon A510
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/mistayuck/432200564/" title="Car Window Reflection by Mista Yuck, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/432200564_fede4a4ad3.jpg" width="500" height="313" alt="Car Window Reflection" /></a>

Canon A570IS, goes for about $150 locally. (HDR)
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/mistayuck/524523034/" title="Sunset Bay Brick by Mista Yuck, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm1.static.flickr.com/227/524523034_3f2fc7502c.jpg" width="500" height="374" alt="Sunset Bay Brick" /></a>

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT (Pseudo HDR from RAW)
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/mistayuck/825619774/" title="Bay Brick by Mista Yuck, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1077/825619774_db06e3ab39.jpg" width="500" height="333" alt="Bay Brick" /></a>

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi (HDR)
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/mistayuck/1771777564/" title="Leafy Turnout by Mista Yuck, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2031/1771777564_287e07aa65.jpg" width="500" height="337" alt="Leafy Turnout" /></a>

So yeah...location.

Tom Wiley 03-19-2008 02:09 AM

Big Lan.

I have a Canon PowerShot SD750. It has worked well, as I have traveled with it with only minor malfunctions.

dbh86 03-19-2008 02:15 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Big Lan (Post 1688753)
Mazda's got a color that looks a lot like that, actually.

Ya, but it doesn't look as cool as that photo. The red looks a lot better in person compared to the maroon.

Poik 03-19-2008 02:59 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mr Yuck (Post 1688774)
Canon A570IS, goes for about $150 locally. (HDR)
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/mistayuck/524523034/" title="Sunset Bay Brick by Mista Yuck, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm1.static.flickr.com/227/524523034_3f2fc7502c.jpg" width="500" height="374" alt="Sunset Bay Brick" /></a>

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT (Pseudo HDR from RAW)
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/mistayuck/825619774/" title="Bay Brick by Mista Yuck, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1077/825619774_db06e3ab39.jpg" width="500" height="333" alt="Bay Brick" /></a>

So yeah...location.

Where were these taken at?

t5m 03-19-2008 03:43 AM

Night shots, you'll want a tripod, try to stay away from using the flash as you'll get shots like this, and you lose depth and quality of color

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d9...3r/NONE003.jpg

You want the ISO on the camera set as low as possible, plus a long exposure (shutter speed open) A/F set around 5-7 depending on lighting in the area, it doesn't necessarily need to have a long exposure, but i use anywhere from 8-15 second exposures, depending on lighting (longer exposure = more lighting hitting and entering the lens

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d9...r/IMG_0364.jpg


You can see this shot is slightly blurry, GIMP can sharpen up the picture to a certain point before it starts getting grainy
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d9...r/IMG_0358.jpg

Karl Buchka 03-19-2008 03:51 AM

1. FOR THE LOVE OF ****ING GOD KEEP YOUR CAMERA LEVEL TO THE GROUND.
2. Avoid the 'temptation' of HDR. Avoid it like the plague. I make no judgements as to anyone's ability with a camera, but 99% of all attempts at HDR look like ****. This is not me exaggerating. 99%. ****. If you think you need jump on a dumbass bandwagon to make your photos look good, then you also need a ****ing baseball bat to the head.

SeriousSteve 03-19-2008 05:17 AM

Don't stand right in front of the car, stand back and zoom in if possible as it gives a much better perspective.

pat244ti 03-19-2008 08:43 AM

Find a good location to take a picture of the car, and take pictures from angles where there is a good contrast of background scenery but still have the focus on the car. Places with graffiti on walls, the beach, buildings with neat architecture, lots of trees, factories, warehouses and scenic parks are cool places. The Wal Mart parking lot is not.

Pinned.

towerymt 03-19-2008 07:45 PM

If the car isn't driving, the picture sucks.

tryingbe 03-19-2008 08:23 PM

Contrast and color.
http://www.thelostartof.net/workday_2351.JPG

towerymt 03-19-2008 09:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tryingbe (Post 1689851)
Contrast and color.

Really need a third 'C'....composition.

daijoubanai 03-19-2008 10:50 PM

http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i2...8383Medium.jpg

This one would have been better if it wasnt so dark. Also, there is two cars present, which means you can do the cool trick I mentioned earlier about having the second person flick the lights on for about 1/2 second. If you have too, take two pictures so your buddy can do the lights in each vehicle, then just splice the pictures together.


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