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Old 12-19-2012, 02:10 AM   #3581
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ok guys and gals, here are a two photos I took with my newly inherited camera. As if a noob with a camera wasn't enough for ya'll I also started fiddling with photoshop... So you guys will get to see all of my work, and I welcome your critiques. I just ask you remember I am very much a noob, I got as far as I did with these pics with the help of google and trial and error. So I welcome any and all input - but if you do critique please be prepared for my onslaught of questions. lol **OH and I know the second picture with the exposed engine was taken way to close. I should have backed away from the car... lol**



First photo, I like what you're doing, but two tips. First aim the front wheels the other way, so we see less tire and more wheel. Second, take a look at your surroundings when setting up your shot. The FJ to the right and the stop sign coming out of the top of the car detract from your well composed shot.

Second photo, you may want to try a lower opacity when erasing the hood in photoshop, so it makes it more see-through instead of cut out.

Great start, and it only takes more time and practice to learn these things. Keep it up and keep shooting!
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Old 12-19-2012, 05:18 AM   #3582
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what body do you use again ray? D300?
The Nikon D300s.

But I am looking into buying the D800 now. I have been saving up from gigs for the Nikon D3s, but after reviewing the D800 specs and playing with my buddies D800. I am going to spring for one of those now.

Why? ... well I do alot of portrait and product shooting these days and the D800 has a Raw resolution of aprox. 7000x5000 px. That's 2x more than my D300s and another 1000 px more than the Nikon D3x, Nikon D4, Canon 5D Mark III and Canon 1Dx! It's also a minor bit less resolution than a Medium Format Camera! Crazy!

I need that resolution for my products and portraits. And at that cost for the resolution, it's almost a steal.

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Old 12-19-2012, 07:41 AM   #3583
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First photo, I like what you're doing, but two tips. First aim the front wheels the other way, so we see less tire and more wheel. Second, take a look at your surroundings when setting up your shot. The FJ to the right and the stop sign coming out of the top of the car detract from your well composed shot.

Second photo, you may want to try a lower opacity when erasing the hood in photoshop, so it makes it more see-through instead of cut out.

Great start, and it only takes more time and practice to learn these things. Keep it up and keep shooting!
Thanks for the tips! I just focus on the main object in the view finder, not really paying attention to the surrounding scenery - next photos I will pay special attention to EVERYTHING in the viewfinder. Again thanks!


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Old 12-19-2012, 12:27 PM   #3584
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There is a sign growing from the car. And also the aforementioned bright blue FJ Cruiser.

Also, white cars are always the hardest to photograph. The white car in your picture appears quite grey. Go ahead and experiment by increasing your exposure by 1/3, 2/3, and 3/3 of a stop to see which gets you a bright white car but not blown completely out. It's not easy though.

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Feather your selection more so that is doesn't look like a sharp cutout, but rather a soft selection. Also, don't make the opacity in that layer 0%...gotta be somewhere in the middle or else it just looks like there's a raggedy hole cut into your hood...

This is what you're going for.

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Old 12-19-2012, 02:23 PM   #3585
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^^ Nice shots ... I like your new direction with your photos.
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agreed. I'm really digging your style lyons.

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Feather your selection more so that is doesn't look like a sharp cutout, but rather a soft selection. Also, don't make the opacity in that layer 0%...gotta be somewhere in the middle or else it just looks like there's a raggedy hole cut into your hood...

This is what you're going for.

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another dope shot. that's with your 10-20mm I take it?
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Old 12-19-2012, 08:12 PM   #3587
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A less extreme version for more reference.
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Old 12-19-2012, 09:08 PM   #3588
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Awesome tips again, especially the one referring to the opacity level for the hood layer! Thanks ya'll!
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Old 12-20-2012, 07:33 PM   #3589
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that one's pretty nice. I saw the yellow or tangerine or whatever color sedan today in person under parking lot lights. I gotta say, WOW! it had graphics on it too.

I tried one of those as well. Guess I need to download a mod for paint.net for the feathering tool or something. but might as well post it anyway lol.

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