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Critique my pics...

Would you guys be so kind as to tell me what I can do to improve my pics? I am wanting to progress but I am really dissapointed recently with the end result. It might be because I shot some of these shots no tripod with a 18-55mm kit lens (no IS). I have also been wanting to switch to the nifty-fifty but is this meant for vehicle photography?

What are some nice ways to take vehicle pictures? I am thinking a wheat field and having the car parked in the middle. Any other suggestions?

Body: [rfdlink=38]Canon[/rfdlink] 350D
Lens: 18-55mm
ISO: 400/Auto
Shutter Speed: 1/60
Just check the EXIF if you want more info :lol:

Here are the pics:

[IMG]http://imusion.net/asad/Toyota%20meet/tim2.jpg[/IMG]
[IMG]http://imusion.net/asad/Toyota%20meet/tim3.jpg[/IMG]
[IMG]http://imusion.net/asad/Toyota%20meet/tim5.jpg[/IMG]
[IMG]http://imusion.net/asad/Toyota%20meet/tim12.jpg[/IMG]
[IMG]http://imusion.net/asad/Toyota%20meet/tim11.jpg[/IMG]
[IMG]http://imusion.net/asad/Toyota%20meet/tim8.jpg[/IMG]
[IMG]http://imusion.net/asad/Toyota%20meet/tim9.jpg[/IMG]
[IMG]http://imusion.net/asad/Toyota%20meet/tim6.jpg[/IMG]
[IMG]http://imusion.net/asad/Toyota%20meet/tim13.jpg[/IMG]
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work on the composition, be meticulous and remove things that are unwanted or distracting (the other cars in the first photo, the yellow "tube" in the third photo, the missing front ends of the vehicles in the third and fourth photos, the handrail in the fourth photo, etc.).

better positioning of the vehicles would have helped as well

watch your cropping, in the third photo the end of the Corolla is chopped off

generally, vehicles are best shot at a 3/4 angle

forget about the advertising (NOS bottle in the first photo)
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Broli's Mom wrote:
Jul 14th, 2008 3:51 pm
work on the composition, be meticulous and remove things that are unwanted or distracting (the other cars in the first photo, the yellow "tube" in the third photo, the missing front ends of the vehicles in the third and fourth photos, the handrail in the fourth photo, etc.).

better positioning of the vehicles would have helped as well

watch your cropping, in the third photo the end of the Corolla is chopped off

generally, vehicles are best shot at a 3/4 angle

forget about the advertising (NOS bottle in the first photo)
Yeah the yellow tube didn't occur to me until I showed one of my friends the pic and it was the first thing he noticed. The handrail I was trying to use that as a frame; but I failed...

I have one of the full Corolla in; thought that as well (will change that).

Thanks for the advice and criticism; will try the 3/4 angle and better composition next time. Any more feedback is appreciated so anyone else go ahead and say something; it will help me out to make better pics! haha.

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Can you show me an example of 3/4 angle? Not sure exactly what you mean.
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Here is the Car gallery from my photo portfolio. I am using a 300D with an assortment of lenses. You can check it out for reference.
http://uvadtmfub.deviantart.com/gallery/#Cars

This photo here is my own car (you can see the bigger version of the photo at in the gallery): [IMG]http://tn3-1.deviantart.com/fs10/300W/i ... dtmfub.jpg[/IMG]

Try some night pics! And try some odd angle compositions! You'll be surprised at how sick your photos can turn out.

Hope it helps!
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i think your shutter speed needs to be faster...some of the pics are definately not as sharp as they can be, but maybe it's the lens.
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xilinx wrote:
Jul 14th, 2008 6:30 pm
i think your shutter speed needs to be faster...some of the pics are definately not as sharp as they can be, but maybe it's the lens.
I think it was the shutter speed. I am still newbie to DSLR and we did some bridge shots and I forgot to change the shutter speed when we came to do outside pics. It was set at 1/50 for those pics. Should I have it at 1/120 for outdoor pics? I heard that kind of makes the picture bland.
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Broli's Mom wrote:
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3/4 view
[IMG]http://auto.sohu.com/piclib/toyota/toyo ... lla034.jpg[/IMG]

also, if you have flash or a bright work light, try some creative light techniques (placing it behind the cars) or play with shadows

water down the road or parking lot

keep shooting, move the cars, not the photographer :D
Thanks; will remember that haha. Only thing is they wanted my G35 in the shots and I hate having to keep moving my car :cheesygri .
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While I have these pics posted up; I'll just post up some of my other ones too. I'll take some pics this weekend and see if I improved:

[IMG]http://imusion.net/asad/Canon/1.jpg[/IMG]
[IMG]http://imusion.net/asad/Canon/2.jpg[/IMG]
[IMG]http://imusion.net/asad/Canon/3.jpg[/IMG]
[IMG]http://imusion.net/asad/Canon/4.jpg[/IMG]
[IMG]http://imusion.net/asad/Canon/5.jpg[/IMG]
[IMG]http://imusion.net/asad/Canon/6.jpg[/IMG]
[IMG]http://imusion.net/asad/Canon/7.jpg[/IMG]
[IMG]http://imusion.net/asad/Canon/8.jpg[/IMG]
[IMG]http://imusion.net/asad/Canon/9.jpg[/IMG]
[IMG]http://imusion.net/asad/Canon/10.jpg[/IMG]
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What do you use to "touch up" the pix? such as the color fade outs?
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What do you use to "touch up" the pix? such as the color fade outs?
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Most pictures appear to be out of focus, are you using a slow shutter with no tripod?
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Kasakato wrote:
Jul 14th, 2008 8:42 pm
Most pictures appear to be out of focus, are you using a slow shutter with no tripod?
First group of photos; 70% were taken with a tripod. Some (like the one where Infiniti logo is not clear) were not taken with a tripod with the 1/50 shutter. Shutter speed is 1/50; so that might have been the problem.

The second group were night shots with a long exposure time (30 seconds) but with a tripod so i think it was because of the longer exposure.
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Have you tried using HDR? Just take 3-4 shots of the same picture and then map it within photoshop.
Here's a tutorial: http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutori ... -range.htm

Try using faster shutter speed for sharper images.

Then use Adaptive Contrasts and preserve the highlights and midtones.
Here's a tutorial: http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutori ... -range.htm
This will prevent your picture from having blow out edges and highlights.

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