A&P First photoshoot with a car

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  1. bjonesy77

    bjonesy77 New Member

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    My buddy wanted some pictures of his car and I just got a d50, soooo...

    Any critiques or tips you guys have for me would be greatly appreciated.

    BTW, its a d50 with a 22-120mm lens (I think, I borrowed it from my roommate and I forget exactly the model)

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  2. Wobistdu

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    not a fan of the graffiti backdrop. takes attention away from the car
     
  3. psykosis

    psykosis Go placidly amid the noise and the haste

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    I could thrash you, but i just got back from shooting at lunch, and my batch is utter shit, so I'm really not in any position to be throwing stones. So I'll just say this:

    Keep shooting. It's the best way to improve. But you have a decent start there.
     
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    by all means my friend, thrash away. I'm looking for every piece of critisism I can, granted its constructive.
     
  5. someonenew

    someonenew He's Dangerous

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    22-120? You mean 18-135?

    IMO the graffiti wall is too distracting and takes away from the center of attention which should be the car, not the wall.
    images look under exposed a little...partly cloudy day?
    the 2nd batch is just as distracting the light pole (especially the light being on) is the first thing I notice. They seem to be a little out of focus, and the reflection of you and your buddy shouldn't even be posted:o
     
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    asdfbunk A Member OT Supporter

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    locations are terrible
     
  7. psykosis

    psykosis Go placidly amid the noise and the haste

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    really, I can't.

    I'm convinced I've forgotten how to take a picture.
     
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    At least you're taking pictures :wtc:
     
  9. bjonesy77

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    eh. it kinda got tossed in the mix and I didn't realize I posted it. But yeah, it was a cloudy, overcast day, but it was the only time we both had free.
     
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    and I forget exactly the lens, I'll look later after work
     
  11. TheManLouisianaFace

    TheManLouisianaFace and decide!

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    werd, my dslr is collecting dust
     
  12. Drunken Karnie Midget

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    01 Background is distracting, close the hood, and get some fill light in there.

    02 Subject is oof. you're either back-focusing, or your camera is.

    03 same as the first two... You need more angles, different perspectives. The composition on these first three is boring. Any schmuck walking by can see the same thing as this. You need to show people something different.

    04 :ugh: no. The grafiti is throwing the wb off, the car's out of focus... and what is the subject here, the car, or the rabit on the wall?

    05 Myspace angles should stay on myspace. again your subject is out of focus. if you've got a micro-adjustment feature on your camera, use it, you've been back-focusing this whole set. This one's underexposed, and you need some fill light.

    06 Better composition, but the lamp is distracting, and is killing the metering, resulting in an underexposed photo. Spot meter on the car, and use a tripod... and you're still back-focusing.

    07 Potentially this is the best/most interesting shot of your entire set, but it still contains all the previous issues. Metering, streetlight, focus, lack/need of fill

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    :hahano: work on this shit mang.
     
  13. isaac86hatch

    isaac86hatch This thread sucks

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    Background: bad
    Lighting: bad
    Angles: moderately bad
    Focus: Off

    I don't have much more to say really. Keep shooting and practicing. Cars are very, very hard to shoot well.
     
  14. Ty Webb

    Ty Webb You don't have to go to college. This isn't Russia

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    Best suggestion I have is don't be afraid to NOT use a tripod. Get on your knees, stomach, whatever. Honestly the only times I use a tripod is if I am doing landscapes.
     
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    what exactly do you mean by "back-focusing?" and how would one "spot meter?"
     
  16. Drunken Karnie Midget

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    In every one of these, the car is out of focus, but the background is. So either you're focusing on the wrong point, or your camera is thinking your subject is in focus, but it's just not quite matching up. Higher end (prosumer level) cameras often have a micro adjustment function to correct this.


    Edit* as far as Spot Metering: Most cameras have a few modes of metering to set the proper exposure. One is Average, which reads the light coming in to the camera across the entire field of view, Picks an average over the whole field, and tries to meter so the whole scene on average is properly exposed. Another common method is "Center Weighted" where it only reads the light from the center 9% of the view, and chooses settings to properly expose that 9%. The final (common) method is "Spot Metering" where the camera only reads the light at the very center and chooses settings to properly expose that area.

    The disadvantage to Average metering, is very bright, or very dark areas in the background, or at the edges can throw off the reading, resulting in over or under exposed images.

    The disadvantages of Center, and spot metering can have the disadvantage of losing detail in very bright and dark areas, but so long as you've metered correctly, your subject should be properly exposed.
     
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  17. MSIGuy

    MSIGuy om nom nom nom!

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    I kinda like the location... not really for a dark car, but it's interesting?

    Also, next time you plan on taking pictures of a car, at least make sure it's clean, that car's filthy when it comes to photo shoots.
     
  18. Drunken Karnie Midget

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    :werd: though i disagree on the location, but that's subjective.
     
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    What are you using to resize your pictures?
     
  20. Wobistdu

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    i use matrix metering on my d90 most of the time, but just zoom in on the dark area and set my shutter accordingly
     
  21. Gvidon

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    Boring
     
  22. psykosis

    psykosis Go placidly amid the noise and the haste

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    So, um, I think this is what I fucked up today. Thanks for the info.
     
  23. Gromer

    Gromer Strange things are afoot at the Circle-K!

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    More on the back focusing, with the D50 it is VERY easy to accidentally change the focus area you're using.

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    The keypad on the right will change the focus area being used, and easily gets hit (at least by me) when shooting. All of a sudden I am focusing on something above the subject I'm trying to focus on.
     
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    Gromer Strange things are afoot at the Circle-K!

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    Ugh I'm screwed, I can't tell the car is out of focus in any of those pictures :(
     
  25. Drunken Karnie Midget

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    That's not all of it. The camera may think the object you are trying to focus on is in focus; but due to a variety of factors such as minuscule differences from one lens to another, the focus is off slightly, either to the front or rear of your target. the D50 may have a custom function to help correct that (i'm not sure, but it'll be under "micro-adjustment" or something to that effect) but i'm not certain, as i'm not fully familiar with that camera body.
     

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