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Show Car

By Saintz  
A picture taken of my Show car just after a good wax.

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dudler Plus
14 701 1341 England
21 Apr 2017 1:15PM
Welcome back to the critique gallery, Ronnie.

You've made lots of good technical choices in taking this picture, including using aperture priority, having a sensible aperture, and a good shutter speed.

The metering mode isn't such a good idea - centre-weighted is OK but matrix metering is better. Here you got any real war going on between the black paintwork and the reflections other very bright sky. Professional car photographers port a lot of effort into controlling the reflections so they show off the contours of the panelwork. Hard to do out of doors.

Either a lower or a higher angle would probably be more flattering to the car: shooting from an upstairs window can be a great idea when it's on a drive or a road. Alternatively, a low angle as you used in some of your previous posts can work wonderfully. As it is, you've got quite a lot of distracting background. And I know we discuss this last time, and that you have some difficulty is getting out and about a lot. Cars can look great in urban settings as well as in the country - combining the grit and grunge of the city with the sleek polished lines of a modern automobile.

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Saintz 5 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2017 1:53PM
Hi, hello again and thank you so much for your comments, glad you like the picture, I always find my car hard to take given the shine.

I will bare your comments in mind, even though I live in a bungalow Smile I am hoping to do a shoot in an aircraft hanger.

Thank you again for your help

mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2017 4:21PM
Just to add to John's comment, this is from the eye-level of a passing envious neighbour, it's a good information viewpoint. For variety, if you live in a bungalow, do you have a step-ladder? (Be careful, I don't want to be held responsible for the tumble!)

But try lying or crouching on the ground up close, in front of the centre of the bumper, use your widest angle, and see the car snaaaaarrrl!
Saintz 5 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2017 4:28PM
I wont fall, or try not too, also I dont have a wide angle lens sadly. I will try some on the ground shots though thank you Smile
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2017 4:32PM
you have 18mm (27mm equivalent) at your widest, that will give quite an impressive effect if you go down low and as close as you can to the car still keeping the full width of the vehicle in the frame!
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3881 Canada
21 Apr 2017 5:27PM
Quite good. Weve seen this before, and the polish job is great!

Shooting down distorts the verticals, and your reflection shows you couched but your legs were fairly straight, so get down on you knees.

The car I assume is a dark blue?

I corrected verticals that are converging, adjusted to get better dark detail, and better highlight detail. The crop is wide, making the car appear more aggressive I think.

Try what Moira suggests, on your knees, closer, 18mm and a smallish aperture, perhaps f/11.


Saintz 5 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2017 7:14PM
Hi, The car is black the sky is blue Smile Proves my wax is awesome thank you. I will have a go at both new suggestions thank you, every day is a school day Smile
paulbroad 10 123 1244 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2017 8:46AM
This is a perfectly good record, but does, as you know, suffer from the excellent finish and the background. Good car shots need the vehicle suitably placed, so finding the environment is important.

I have watched motoring magazine pro photographers work at my sons garage. They ALL use flash or extra lighting. The big time boys use the aircraft hangers, as you mention, but with VERY carefully managed artificial light.

I have attached two images as mods. I shoot quite a few pictures for my son and tend to use a wide angle lens, although 28mm is quite enough. I have a Sigma 10/20 for the dramatic stuff. I shoot on manual and from a tripod. I under expose by one to two stops and choose cloudy or cloudy bright days if outdoors. Never sunny unless I have to.

I then put the light back where I want it using up to 4 external flash units, often with diffusers and on radio triggers. This gives ME control. A polariser can help with certain types of reflection, but the light reflecting must be polarised.

A lot of gear, I know, but that is the only way to do it properly, and my efforts don't come close to the big boys.

Car photography, as with things like silver objects is a real skill. Ideally you need a huge light tent, as for silver, but that's hardly practical, hence the hangers. You obviously like to shot your car - possibly a bit more planning?

Saintz 5 United Kingdom
25 Apr 2017 3:21PM
Hi Paul, I know FST Automotive really well, Dave is a good mate of mine. Smile Thanks for the advice. Smile

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