A&P What can I do to improve?

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  1. horselover fat

    horselover fat in your driveway stealing your internet

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    some pictures i took from over the weekend at the local road course. as per title, what can i do to improve

    i have a d40 with a 70-300mm 5.6 manual focus lens


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  2. g33k

    g33k OT Supporter

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    if you're taking a pic of a car fill the frame with it

    learn how to take panning shots

    if it's cloudy, set your wb to cloudy

    learn how to postprocess that haze out
     
  3. isaac86hatch

    isaac86hatch This thread sucks

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    Ask yourself what it is about your photos that you do not like. Overexposed, not sharp, not close enough, no "pop", horrible background, etc. Start looking at photos you DO like and figure out why you like them. "What can I do to improve?" is a pretty open-ended question. Learn to be very critical of your own work, look at every angle and aspect such as exposure, fore/background relationships, focus, DOF, subject and ask yourself what you like or dislike about each.

    These photos? To me, they're boring. For one you took them on a straight away where the only excitement is speed, sound, acceleration and or braking, which does not translate well in photographs unless you learn to pan. So that is one thing. The fence in the background kills it, next time shoot head on to avoid anything that is distracting in the immediate background. They all look blown out and nothing has a shadow, so I am guessing these were all taken between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. - bad time to shot anything, especially shinny race cars. And get closer as g33k says.
     
  4. dmora

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    Manual focus is hard as well on targets that are always moving, you have to learn to set your focus point at the spot you want to snap the moving target, then practice panning.
     
  5. f/2.8L

    f/2.8L New Member

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    Great advice!
     
  6. horselover fat

    horselover fat in your driveway stealing your internet

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    thanks for the replys, i know it was quite a vague question too, sorry
     
  7. Snowballer

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    Honestly, it will help you TREMENDOUSLY to just pick up a starter course. A class that teaches you everything that the posters above me are talking about.

    Also PRACTICE!! See a shot online that looks pro and has qualities you want to achieve in your photograph? Learn the lighting tricks and try to replicate it.
     
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    Shooting cars, panning, etc is actually pretty tough.
     

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