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Poorly Bus

By tinatruck
Recovery vehicle towing a double decker bus. I try to capture the vehicles doing what they are made for, which is working.
What I would like is to be able to achieve this and also be able to sell my photo's, so I am looking for advice on how to achieve this in my pictures.

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paulbroad 10 123 1245 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2013 8:56PM
You wont sell this because it' not sharp. Your shutter speed is far too slow and you have movement blur. Libraries would simply reject it. To sell, you must fully master your camera and recognise the basic problems. More images are spoilt by lack of sharpness than anything else. Exposure is next and the top of the truck cab needs burning in a touch. Then clone out the lamp post.

To sell, master technique, then ask your self who or what your market should be.

Walk first, then run.


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NEWMANP 10 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2013 9:03PM
obvious starting point here is do a nice A3 print, slip it into a mount cut out, and knock on the door of the recovery vehicle company. if you phone them first they probably will fob you off but if you waft a print in front of them they will likely buy it if its a fair price. the ingredients here are usable for wall hanging or for advertising purposes but quality is everything if you want to sell

im not sure the bus company would be interested as its not in their best light Grin but other than the recovery firm there probably isnt enough story for it be very salable elsewhere but thats not really my game so im not so sure.

Pauls advice above is correct, main thing is make sure the principle vehicle at least is razor sharp (sorry to say that this particular one isnt sharp enough to use large) , make sure the logo is in full view and clone out silly distractions such as that street light growing on top of the bus as it simply pulls the eye. also helps to have a nice blue sky as baldish dull skies do nothing for publications.

hope it helps
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3881 Canada
14 Feb 2013 4:57AM
Guide to minimum shutter speed when hand-holding to have a chance at a sharp shot is:

Speed = 1/(focal length * crop factor). You focal length was 50mm, the Pentax K-x crop factor is 1.5, so using the formula, your minimum speed needed to be 1/(50 * 1.5) - 1/75. The next higher available shutter speed is 1/80th, which is where you needed to be. 1/20 is 4 times too slow. The problem was caused by chosing creative mode, which choses setting for you in complete ignorance of the lens.

You need to use Aperture mode and set to f/5.6 ot f/8; then half press shutter and take note of the shutter speed the camera selects; if its faster that 1/80, then press; if it slower, like 1/20, 1/10, then INCREASE your ISO until the speed is fast enough for the shot.

Looking at you settings, you would have required and ISO of 800 to make it work.

Welcome, and enjoy the site.


paulbroad 10 123 1245 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2013 9:48AM
If you seriously want to sell, and this is the type of image that interests you, carry a tripod. Willie is right about ISO of course, but the lower the ISO the better the quality even with modern gear.


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