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    Hi guys,

    Well I had a white VW Golf to detail this weekend and I took the opportunity to do up some videos for you to address the questions posted in this thread. Even cutting out a bunch of crap, they still turned out reasonably long, so sorry about that.

    Detailing Photography Pt1 - Click here
    0.00 Intro
    0.55 Cameras
    1.41 Filters
    12.40 Exposure control
    19.09 Intro to Swirls

    Detailing Photography Pt2 - Click here
    0.00 Continue With Swirls
    5.04 Car Sides
    6.47 Post-processing - RAW vs JPEG
    12.05 Photoshop and GIMP
    14.59 Subtle Manipulations
    17.05 Final Tips



    The list of topics is covered above, but here is something that isn't in the video. Just for interests's sake, it's the same photo (as best I could), taken one after the other, of the same subject on different cameras, all on Program mode (basically auto mode but can shoot in raw for the DSLRs) letting the camera decide what settings to use, no filters. No post production other than a resize to 1200 pixels wide for all. Heights vary depending on the format of the camera. These are for those that are interested to see the difference in quality when shooting the same thing:

    $100 Point-and-shoot:



    $500 Bridge camera:



    Mid-range DSLR Canon 40D and cheap-ish but better-than-kit-lens Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 lens:



    Top-range DSLR Canon 1D and top-quality Canon 24-70L f/2.8 lens:



    So yeah, there is so much more I could have talked about and even filmed, but in the end I had to keep it to a reasonable length so it is what it is now. I tried to focus on the most relevant practical stuff and keep the theory to a minimum. Anyway, I hope that these videos help at least one of you.

    Feedback on the videos is always welcome.

    Cheers.
    Last edited by AussieTimmeh; 31-03-2013, 12:29 PM.
    Timmeh!!!

    Hofstadter's Law: It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter's Law.


    Want some tips to help with taking detailing photos? Click here!

  • #2
    As I said before great videos Tim! Good work!

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    • #3
      Excellent videos Tim, great work, I learnt a lot
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      • #4
        Thanks guys.

        Originally posted by mozza1976 View Post
        Excellent videos Tim, great work, I learnt a lot
        Wow cool, if it is actually useful and will make a difference for people, then I'm stoked and it will be time well spent.
        Timmeh!!!

        Hofstadter's Law: It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter's Law.


        Want some tips to help with taking detailing photos? Click here!

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        • #5
          I think I might have been the second or third to watch it last night... yay for me. Haha!

          Thanks for making the vids - I think they will serve to be helpful for 'beginners' up to more advanced users getting into more specific car detailing photos. Thanks for the time stamps too - very helpful for navigating the the relevant parts for each persons needs.

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          • #6
            Awesome stuff Tim. Thanks very much for taking the time to do this. I will certainly be sitting down tomorrow to watch it and take some notes


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            • #7
              Tim, as above Simply Awesome job.

              We have spoken a few times about some of the topics
              you covered and I can honestly say it makes more sense actually seeing the
              difference in your videos.


              So again great job and thank you.

              Almost as important as the video, how did the
              detail go :P

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              • #8
                Can't wait until I got time to go through these Tim!

                Cheers for taking the time to do these vids, I'm sure we all appreciate it mate!

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                • #9
                  Thanks allot, so much great information that I will need to take notes again. Cant wait to put this stuff into action and start getting some good photos. Now to buy a Tripod so I can get some good low light and night shots.

                  Thanks again and well done on such informative videos.

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                  • #10
                    Thanks for posting this up Tim. Very interesting and informative video. Maybe we should have this as a sticky to review as often as required.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by WoodyWax View Post
                      Almost as important as the video, how did the
                      detail go :P
                      Yeah good, still finishing it today, been taking it slow. The paint is rock hard! I'll have a thread up on it this afternoon.

                      Originally posted by benandfaith View Post
                      Thanks for the time stamps too - very helpful for navigating the the relevant parts for each persons needs.
                      Cheers, I realise it's a fair bit of video so people may want to go straight to certain bits later.

                      Thanks for all the feedback from everyone, glad to see it's been interesting and/or useful!
                      Timmeh!!!

                      Hofstadter's Law: It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter's Law.


                      Want some tips to help with taking detailing photos? Click here!

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                      • #12
                        I just watched both vids back to back and they were amazingly helpful. The plastic strip is so simple yet something I'd never have thought of. I'll also be buying a circular polarizer this week lol

                        Really simple and insightful. Love your work mate

                        Dan


                        Specialising in high-end detailing for enthusiasts

                        E: dansgaragedetailing@gmail.com
                        M: 0417 587 004
                        W: www.dansgaragedetailing.com
                        F: http://www.facebook.com/DansGarageDetailing

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Caffeine_Fiend View Post
                          I just watched both vids back to back and they were amazingly helpful. The plastic strip is so simple yet something I'd never have thought of. I'll also be buying a circular polarizer this week lol

                          Really simple and insightful. Love your work mate

                          Dan
                          Nice one! You won't be disappointed with a CPL filter at all, it's very handy for any outdoor shots including scenery as well. Cheers.
                          Timmeh!!!

                          Hofstadter's Law: It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter's Law.


                          Want some tips to help with taking detailing photos? Click here!

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                          • #14
                            Awesome work Timmeh, very interesting vids and very informative.

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                            • #15
                              Excellent work there TIM ...Thanks for going to the effort ..I have got some things to try and I will be making the focus tool.... I have been using a piece of paper but I didn't know why the camera did what it does...So I learnt stuff today...Thankyou very much....
                              This thread needs.to go in the" How To section " for sure...
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