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Old Aug 15, 2004, 12:06 AM   #1
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Today there was a very large Corvette show at my city's downtown. Decided I would have a walk around and also take some pictures. My very first ever of cars. I really need to know what I did wrong since this is the very first time, but not the last that I would take pictures of classic and modern cars.


































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Old Aug 15, 2004, 12:21 AM   #2
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wat do you mean, "wat i did wrong"?

you got some nice angles here!

on idea though....watch your arperture...i dunno if you are shooting in manual or not....but shoot larger arperture, to make the DOF smaller...

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Old Aug 15, 2004, 12:57 AM   #3
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wat do you mean, "wat i did wrong"?

you got some nice angles here!

on idea though....watch your arperture...i dunno if you are shooting in manual or not....but shoot larger arperture, to make the DOF smaller...

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K, this is going to sound really really stupid, but I don't know whatyou're talking about. I'm still really new in photogrpahy and still trying to learn the lingo and the art itself. I do know though that I was shooting manual. So, if its okay can you explain a bit. Thanks.
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Old Aug 15, 2004, 3:53 AM   #4
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There is always something wrong in a photo and it's normally other people who see it rather than you. This subject seems important to you so I'll take each photo one by one and say what I (a novice photographer who likes cars) would do.

They're all taken very well, alphie. Please don't think I'm trying to pick on you.


1. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...whitevette.jpg
If you were standing closer to the front wheel you may have caught the white area and the lines of the car better. It looks like you were trying to take a picture of the side of the car but couldn't stand where you wanted and missed off the front. It would have been great to get the headlights to. If you only wanted the white part you could crop the bigger version (from your camera) of the picture and get what you want.

2. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3.../yellowvet.jpg
I see what you were trying to do here. But unfortunately you've missed the top of the headlight and the bottom of the bumper. It hasn't left much of interest in the photo. Out of all of these pictures this is the one I like least.

3. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...smallvette.jpg
Almost perfect (but nothing ever is, is it?). Perhaps it could have been improved by standing further back and getting the door to. Vito has suggested changing the dof (see bottom of post), it would have been great here to if the front wheel was out of focus but the vents sharp.

4. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...hitevette2.jpg
This is almost what you should have got with the first picture. You're nice and close to the car. You are clearly going for the white patch so in this one you don't need anything in front of the wheel. You did just miss the top of the chrome trim on the right of the photo though. A shallower dof would have been good here to.

5. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...edcorvette.jpg
The only thing needed is some work on the computer to get rid of the flag pole and the statue. Perhaps the tree and building to.

6. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...kgrayvette.jpg
I don't think the car being black and grey and it being in shadow helped you here.

7. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...64corvette.jpg
You've just missed off the front again. If you'd have got the bumper and even better all of the shadow to, it would have been spot on.

8. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...rate/eagle.jpg
The only thing catching my eye is the wing mirror. You can easily crop the photo to get rid of that.


When you're taking the pictures keep an eye on the edges of the view finder and make sure you've got all of what you want. Then add a little bit more by standing further back of zooming out. When you put them on your computer you will be able to crop the picture and just take the part that you originally wanted. That should ensure though, that you get everything.
A polarizer can be good. Reflections on cars can be nice, it can show the lines. But some times you don't want them and a polarizer will remove most of them.

I'll do a bit of a cop out with your request for help on dof and give you a link to a post someone else made about dof, asking for help.
http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...jump_to=153576
You can't alter the dof on all cameras. You can't on mine which is a right pain in the arse sometimes.

As I said, alphie, these are all very good. Bright, clear, sharp. They're even better for your first go.
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alphie, I don't see that you did anything specifically "wrong" here. Interesting angles and good color saturation and contrast. Your focal points were sharp. There are many ways to shoot a subject and few of them are wrong if you obtain the basic elements of exposure and focus.

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wat do you mean, "wat i did wrong"?

you got some nice angles here!

on idea though....watch your arperture...i dunno if you are shooting in manual or not....but shoot larger arperture, to make the DOF smaller...

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WHY would he want a smaller DOF on these type of shots, Vito? A smaller DOF would yield out of focus areas on the main subject. Not exactly the effect he would want with this subject matter. I would always go with a smaller aperture on this type of subject matter to gain maximum focus across the entire area of interest.
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I DON'T LIKE CORVETTES! :blah::blah:

That said, I think these are great shots. I especially like the yellow ones.
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Old Aug 15, 2004, 12:42 PM   #7
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Thanks everybody for all the advice and good word. Another auto show is coming, I believe next weekend so I'll take what you said here and see what I can do.



Again thanks so much. :-)
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I especially like your red 'vet photos

One thing you may want to consider is use of a wide angle lens (if you have it) to photograph the entire corvette (or just stand back a lil further .


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ohenry....sure, you want the subject in focus...but do you want the house that is in the background 2 miles away in focus?

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Old Aug 16, 2004, 10:27 AM   #10
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Found this while looking through my pictures. Does this look better? Its the same yellow car that had the close up on the headlight part?





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