A&P Going to go try shooting some cars, any quick tips?

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  1. MSIGuy

    MSIGuy om nom nom nom!

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    So I found a few people on a local car forum that are cool with hanging out and letting me use their cars for some practice shooting so i was looking for some quick tips on shooting cars. I've seen some great car pictures on here so I figured someone would be able to give me some quick pointers.

    The equipment I have at my disposal is:

    40d
    Tamron 28-75,
    Canon 50 1.8,
    Canon 85 1.8,
    Canon 70-200 f4L,
    Canon 580 EX II, 550, Sunpak 383, and Vivitar 273 (which I prob won't use since it'll only pop at full power since I don't have that stupid resistor to use the manual controls).
    I've also got a random assortment of light modifiers, 2x 32" convertable umbrellas, 1x 43" convertable umbrealla, and an Omnibounce.

    I don't have a CPL so I don't really know how to help control reflections or if I'll need to.

    I was thinking that I'd probally just stick to bare bulb and try shooting at a pretty short range since I don't really have any cool wide angle stuff. What are the absolute no-no's that I should avoid, and is there any sort of noobie formula that I can stick to so I don't embarras myself?

    Thanks guys, I guess you gotta start somewhere right? :wiggle:
     
  2. Bob Loblaw

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    get a cpl
     
  3. MSIGuy

    MSIGuy om nom nom nom!

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    I know, I wish I could get one, but the only place I could even pick one up tommorow only has crappy ones, and they'd charge $150+ for some Promaster or Tiffen POS, so I can't. :wtc:

    I guess I've got another quick question. When doing off camera lighting what do you guys normally do with your flash head zoom? I sort of understand the concept between the difference between like 14mm and 105mm zoom on the head, but is all the difference going to be how wide a spread it has? What do you normally use for stuff like this or is it not going to matter? For portraits I usually just leave it on 35 or 50mm when using my umbrellas.
     
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    Needs more wide angle lens.
     
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    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    Most guys I know don't like using any type of diffusion when shooting cars. If you're going to remove the hot spots, it's more difficult when you use an umbrella or soft box.

    +1 on an UWA & CPL
     
  7. Drunken Karnie Midget

    Drunken Karnie Midget In Yeo We Trust, All Others Pay Cash OT Supporter

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    Don't shoot in a typical location. Put the cars on a beach or some other odd place that you don't expect to see a car. Watch your backgrounds as well.
     
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    actually I have a 35mm F/2 that I shoot cars with occasionally, it works well

    I've seen some badass shots taken with a 70-200 as well

    while an UWA is nice it's not an absolute necessity
     
  9. psykosis

    psykosis Go placidly amid the noise and the haste

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    no angled ricer shots, please.

    cpl would be very beneficial. You can live w/o a uwa but not having a cpl sucks. I'd be lost w/o mine.
     
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    psykosis Go placidly amid the noise and the haste

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    Just before you take the shot, look over the whole frame at everything but the car. See what grabs your eye or doesn't belong. A lot can be cloned out, but it's fucking annoying to take a pic with some little bit of garbage beside the car or something unattractive in the background.
     
  11. Ty Webb

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

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    $150 for a CPL? Jesus christ.

    Dont be afrais to get on your hands and knees, fuck even lay down. Do something from a perspective most don't see.
     
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    thanks for clearing that up, i thought it meant clean pissing latrines
     
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    i think its circular polarisers well google gave me that result.
     
  16. MSIGuy

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    Well here's a quick edit of one that I came up with tonight.

    [​IMG]

    Yeah, I need a CPL--bad. Most of my shots were completely ruined by the reflections and all the swirl marks and buffer trails on the car.
     
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    that reflection in the headlight is really really really distracting
     
  18. MSIGuy

    MSIGuy om nom nom nom!

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    I know it is, but I don't know how to deal with it.
     
  19. GPkustoms

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    I don't shit about shooting cars, but that picture seemed a little dark; so I just pulled it up in LR real quick and added some fill light. I think it helped take some of the distraction away from the headlight reflection... Not much change, maybe a little better? :dunno:

    [​IMG]
     
  20. MSIGuy

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    Yeah, that does look better. I'll have another go at it tommrow, my eyes fucking hurt right now... lol

    I like the saturation of the yellows and how it plays with the reds and greens, I tried to get mine to do that, but I kept fucking it up, I'm tired... lol
     
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    I think being very underexposed is a bigger problem than the swirlmarks, but maybe that's just me. :hs:
     
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    Because of the angle of the 5th gen Lude's headlights, I bet you could have killed that reflection just by playing with the plane you took the shot from.

    Don't be afraid to walk around and do some "dodging and weaving" while looking through the viewfinder to explore everything the shot could be.
     
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    fuck get a green gel
     
  24. MSIGuy

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    You make no sense. Stay the fuck out of my thread.
     
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