home register FAQ memberlist calendar

Go Back   Turbobricks Forums > General > showroom

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-18-2008, 03:15 AM   #1
Tom Wiley
Board Member
 
Join Date: May 2006
Default 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?
Tom Wiley is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2008, 03:22 AM   #2
HonestJhon
Board Member
 
HonestJhon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: So Cal
Default

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.
HonestJhon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2008, 03:22 AM   #3
daijoubanai
waste of skin and blood
 
daijoubanai's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Mesa, Arizona
Default

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 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2008, 03:32 AM   #4
daijoubanai
waste of skin and blood
 
daijoubanai's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Mesa, Arizona
Default

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.


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.


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.



it looks silly when the wheels are turned so you see the tread. This is bad.

Last edited by daijoubanai; 07-19-2009 at 02:35 PM..
daijoubanai is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2008, 12:21 AM   #5
daijoubanai
waste of skin and blood
 
daijoubanai's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Mesa, Arizona
Default

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.
daijoubanai is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2008, 12:36 AM   #6
Tom Wiley
Board Member
 
Join Date: May 2006
Default

Thank you very much. I will have to get a tripod in order to do more night shots.
Tom Wiley is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2008, 12:44 AM   #7
daijoubanai
waste of skin and blood
 
daijoubanai's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Mesa, Arizona
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Yeliwmots View Post
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.
daijoubanai is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2008, 12:56 AM   #8
volvo740t
1 brick, 2 bricks, 3..
 
volvo740t's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Claremore, Oklahoma
Default

Have you ever heard of a "not" joke?
__________________
volvo740t is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2008, 01:19 AM   #9
dbh86
What's a 16V?
 
dbh86's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: San Antonio, TX
Default

Show off your rims, not your tires. I find that the weird angles of wheels the other way can ruin a picture.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg mazda1r.jpg (164.4 KB, 2733 views)
__________________


'07 MS6 - DD/DSP of doom
'92 245 - Eternal Project

Quote:
Originally Posted by linuxman51 View Post
Incidentally, if we're going to follow this other train of thought, you should install your spare tire while the vehicle is cruising at 55mph, since that's about where it'll be used most often.

Last edited by dbh86; 03-19-2008 at 01:27 AM..
dbh86 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2008, 01:24 AM   #10
volvo740t
1 brick, 2 bricks, 3..
 
volvo740t's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Claremore, Oklahoma
Default

pretty color
volvo740t is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2008, 01:28 AM   #11
dbh86
What's a 16V?
 
dbh86's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: San Antonio, TX
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by volvo740t View Post
pretty color
The car is actually red, but you can thank photoshop for that.
dbh86 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2008, 02:16 AM   #12
Big Lan
Face in the carpet
 
Big Lan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Setting stuff on fire
Default

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












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.
Quote:
Originally Posted by rancidponymilk View Post
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.
Quote:
Originally Posted by dbh86 View Post
The car is actually red, but you can thank photoshop for that.
Mazda's got a color that looks a lot like that, actually.
__________________
03 GMC Sonoma | 95 Miata | 90 Miata | 88 Tbird Sport | 83 245ti | 71 Grand Prix | 67 122s
"At every light it's automatic - burn rubber!" - E-40
Quote:
Originally Posted by Crazychopstick View Post
Extreme! It's no coincidence that Lan rhymes with Man.
Live for today, because tomorrow's ****ed.
Big Lan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2008, 02:31 AM   #13
shellshock
Below, is a photo of Clay
 
shellshock's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Claremore Oklahoma
Default

Avoid the angles:

__________________
1988 740 Turbo
2005 S60R M66 flashcama
2007 XC90 V8 Sport
1983 SAAB 900 Turbo
shellshock is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2008, 02:41 AM   #14
Mr Yuck
<><
 
Mr Yuck's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Spokane, WA
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Big Lan View Post

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
Clean?

Canon A510
Car Window Reflection

Canon A570IS, goes for about $150 locally. (HDR)
Sunset Bay Brick

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT (Pseudo HDR from RAW)
Bay Brick

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi (HDR)
Leafy Turnout

So yeah...location.
__________________
\\'88 245DL:M47, 25mm front, GT Braces, Bilstein HD, Kilen Lowering Springs, eFan, B-Cam+Gear.\\
//'91 244DL: Auto & Stock// (Rear-ended and totaled)
\\'91 Miata: SCCA STS Prepped//
\\'15 Mazda3 iT HB MT//
Mr Yuck is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2008, 03:09 AM   #15
Tom Wiley
Board Member
 
Join Date: May 2006
Default

Big Lan.

I have a Canon PowerShot SD750. It has worked well, as I have traveled with it with only minor malfunctions.
Tom Wiley is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2008, 03:15 AM   #16
dbh86
What's a 16V?
 
dbh86's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: San Antonio, TX
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Big Lan View Post
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.
dbh86 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2008, 03:59 AM   #17
Poik
Backwards Turbo
 
Poik's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Göteborg, Sweden
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mr Yuck View Post
Canon A570IS, goes for about $150 locally. (HDR)
Sunset Bay Brick

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT (Pseudo HDR from RAW)
Bay Brick

So yeah...location.
Where were these taken at?
__________________


Eric Olsson's 242 Turbo | 245 DL | 744 Turbo
Poik is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2008, 04:43 AM   #18
t5m
Board Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: New Jersey
Default

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



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




You can see this shot is slightly blurry, GIMP can sharpen up the picture to a certain point before it starts getting grainy
t5m is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2008, 04:51 AM   #19
Karl Buchka
Never go full retard.
 
Karl Buchka's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Los Angeles
Default

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.
Karl Buchka is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2008, 06:17 AM   #20
SeriousSteve
staring at my desk
 
SeriousSteve's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: South Wales, UK
Default

Don't stand right in front of the car, stand back and zoom in if possible as it gives a much better perspective.
__________________
2002 Volvo V70 T5 - Daily beater
Now completely RWD-less
SeriousSteve is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2008, 09:43 AM   #21
pat244ti
Moderator
 
pat244ti's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Santa Cruz CA
Default

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.
__________________
- Patrick
83 244ti - road race
83 244ti - rally
73 1800es - resto
08 c30 T5 6spd - daily
97 dakota 5.2 4x4 single cab short bed - apocalypse mobile
pat244ti is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2008, 08:45 PM   #22
towerymt
the real Towery
 
towerymt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: VA, USA
Default

If the car isn't driving, the picture sucks.
towerymt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2008, 09:23 PM   #23
tryingbe
Boosting along.
 
tryingbe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Mesa, AZ
Default

Contrast and color.
__________________
85 GLH 290whp
94 855
00 Insight 72 mpg max.
tryingbe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2008, 10:36 PM   #24
towerymt
the real Towery
 
towerymt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: VA, USA
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by tryingbe View Post
Contrast and color.
Really need a third 'C'....composition.
towerymt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2008, 11:50 PM   #25
daijoubanai
waste of skin and blood
 
daijoubanai's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Mesa, Arizona
Default



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.
daijoubanai is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:09 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.9
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.