A&P First time shooting a car

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  1. derekOT

    derekOT New Member

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    My buddy (he lurks this forum) asked me if I could help him shoot our friend's car. I had never done it before but I had a good idea of what kind of shots we should try out.

    CC appreciated :x:

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    30", ISO 320, f/16, 11mm, painted ground with flash with two cto gels stacked (full and half CTO)
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    1/40s
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    1/25s
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  2. xenon supra

    xenon supra OT Supporter

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    I like 1 and 2 a LOT, 3 not so much.

    but both shots would be better if his car wasn't black. Black cars are very difficult to shoot without a good bit of light/ experience.

    on 1, i'd maybe clone out some reflections and add a layer mask with some brightening/ curves adjustments
     
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    1 would be better without the parking lights on, it's distracting
     
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    I disagree, I like them :dunno:
     
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    Thanks! means alot coming from you Joey

    I knew that it would be a pain in the ass trying to photograph a black car but there wasn't much i could do about it haha. I gotta learn how to work with reflections in the future to shape the car better

    as for PP adjustments, I know nothing in photoshop but I just got the lynda tutorial so i'll be learning PS soon :bigthumb:

    appreciate your comments Joey :wavey:
     
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    I think the diffraction star makes it pop

    I wish I took one without it so we could compare, I'll have to take a look at the shots but I don't think I do have one :(
     
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    1 looks super nice. I like how you painted the ground with your flash. what is CTO?
     
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    CTO = color temperture orange

    basically they are plastic sheets that are orange in color

    put em over your flash to get a closer match to the ambient light

    the lights in the background are about 2800K in color temperture

    my flashes are like 5500K so I use CTO gels to bring the color temperture down as close as possible to 2800K

    Without the gels, the area lit by flash would have colors that look similar to daylight while the ambient lights in the background would be a strong tinted orange. By putting the gels over the flash, I can get a good white balance in both the ambient and the area lit by flash by setting my camera to 2800K.

    I hope that helps
    if not, go to the pro: http://strobist.blogspot.com/2006/03/lighting-101-using-gels-to-correct.html

    you can probably understand his writing better than mine (mine sucks)
     
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    not bad for your first time shooting cars. 1 looks good.
     
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    why are they always asian nerd cars in these threads :wtc:
     
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    Not bad for a first car shoot. Mine was pretty meh the first time. Still not that great either right now. :o
     
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    I keep looking at 1 and thinking what a nice shot that would have been without the car. I love the exposure of the dock. Maybe it's the interior lights on in the car that are bothering me compared to how dark the rest of the car is. It tends to take away from any aesthetic lines that heap may actually have.
     
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    i feel the same way. that parking light is bothering me
     
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    1. Borrow some wheels
    2. Decrease shutter time
    3. Retake
    4. ?????
    5. Profit.
     
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    Check out this vid http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtMQtAz250c
    The way of using the flash would be helpful on making the black car in the first shot stand out. I've tried this once and it worked, I want to try it again next time I shoot a car. If you don't have a softbox you can probably just make one or just use the bare flash with a defuser of some kind.
    I'm not into the 2nd and 3rd pics though, the car just doesn't seem like it is the main subject. I would have cropped or got closer so the car stands out more than the tunnel or the road. The first shot I would probably have gone with a lower angle, the buildings are a little distracting but I think if you make it stand out with the flash trick it'd work nicely.
     
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    Tell the car owner to get something other than fucking steelies.
     
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    thanks man!
     
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    I think I have one without it, I'll try to find it and upload that one too
     
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    do you find the background too hot?

    I liked the relatively similar exposure between the car and the background
    I guess I should have tried one exposure with the background held back one stop
     
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    since when do you make a comment without asking for boobies? :wavey:

    haha everyone says that he needs some new rims
     
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    thanks for the link

    this is similar to what I did but with bare flashes, I started by trying with an umbrella but I didn't think I had enough power to light it like that

    my 580ex was already at 1/4 power so I think I would have needed full power to light with a shoot through, but I'll have to try it again next time cause the results on that vid are great
     

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