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  • What are your camera woes?

    Hi all,

    I have been drafting up a plan to make a video tutorial for people who are having difficulties getting the most out of their cameras when it comes to car detailing. I was thinking of trying to capture the same shots using a $100 point-and-shoot, a $500 bridge camera, and a full blown DSLR. If you're using an iPhone, well I probably won't be able to help much.

    I want to know what people struggle with so I know where to look at how I may be able to help.

    Here are things I would think people may want to know as I struggled with all of these initially:
    How to position lights and the camera to see swirls
    How to focus on swirls
    How to generally improve my photo of cars


    So post your woes if they aren't already listed and I'll see if I can help. I'm not sure how successful it will be but I hope that I'll be able to provide some useful tips.

    Poor description:
    I am having trouble taking photos of white cars

    Good description:
    I am having trouble taking photos of white cars because the white parts turn out too bright

    If you have an example photo to post of a difficulty, that could help me also.

    Hopefully this will result in something useful. 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!

  • #2
    Could you give a short explanation of lens filters pertinent to use for automotive photography? I have been told many times I need to use filters to better capture the car. Types, purposes and uses if possible?
    Last edited by BobsRX8GT; 14-03-2013, 11:22 PM.

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    • #3
      happy to assist, I'm a part time photographer.


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      • #4
        Good work Tim I will have to work out my top ten weaknesses and get back to you...

        Oh :::: I'm having trouble getting any kind of HOT GIRLS to stand near my car ......but seriously am looking forward to this evolving ...

        I'm using a Olympus U tough point n shoot ....poorly
        "The bitterness of poor quality remains
        long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten." -Benjamin Franklin

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        • #5
          Top stuff! Can't wait to see the comparisons of the same shots taken on a cheap P&S, decent/top P&S and a prosumer level dSLR.

          It might give me a nice reason to do something about a battered Canon IXUS 220 I have in my possession from a few years back which sees little use. Potential upgrade to dSLR if results are totally worth the outlay over top-end P&S is what I like to see.

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          • #6
            Nice one Tim.


            I have difficulty taking full sunlight pics without the sunlight diffusing. Especially on lighter colours

            eg



            it's a little better here but still not as pin-point as I'd like it





            Dark coloured cars don't seem to be as much of an issue









            I have a Canon DSLR. I bought a UV filter which helps a little but I still have difficulty dialing in ideal setting while taking photos. Any tips?


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            • #7
              Look forward to seeing this - i have a canon point and shoot, theres some options there but they might as well be written in Japanese as i have no idea what they mean.

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              • #8
                Thanks for the initial feedback. I'll be able to address a couple of issues already presented, regarding filters and Caffeine_Fiend's problems (which are actually related).

                Originally posted by bluering View Post
                Oh :::: I'm having trouble getting any kind of HOT GIRLS to stand near my car
                Try this stuff mate: http://resources2.news.com.au/images...lian-money.jpg



                I'll write all these ideas down and be sure I cover them in my video. Keep them coming if you got em.
                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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                • #9
                  This could be an epic thread!

                  +1 on the white cars, but that's improved for me with my new camera!
                  +1 on camera filters too!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by AussieTimmeh View Post
                    Thanks for the initial feedback. I'll be able to address a couple of issues already presented, regarding filters and Caffeine_Fiend's problems (which are actually related).



                    Try this stuff mate: http://resources2.news.com.au/images...lian-money.jpg






                    I'll write all these ideas down and be sure I cover them in my video. Keep them coming if you got em.
                    SWEET....I wonder if I just hang some of those wads off My belt buckle, If that might fix some other deficiencies ..... Seems to work pretty good for James Packer.
                    "The bitterness of poor quality remains
                    long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten." -Benjamin Franklin

                    Relax......... I'm from the internet!

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                    • #11
                      Timmeh
                      Full thumbs up

                      Couple of thoughts.

                      Maybe a quick discussion on Raw v JPG for the high end PS and SLR users. How in-camera JPG's can have subtle colour shifts. The importance of white balance for accurate colours and maybe even the use of neutral grey white point cards for higher end use.

                      How about software and post processing, cropping etc?

                      Some of the best car photo's especially macro level shots of paint have been taken with the iphone 5, it's ability to be in focus at close distances is great.

                      I use whatever is handy from the iphone5 to the Olympus SLR with a couple of olympus P&S ones of older vintage inbetween.

                      Cheers

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Aussiephil View Post
                        Maybe a quick discussion on Raw v JPG for the high end PS and SLR users. How in-camera JPG's can have subtle colour shifts.
                        Yeah I can do this, no problems.

                        Originally posted by Aussiephil View Post
                        The importance of white balance for accurate colours and maybe even the use of neutral grey white point cards for higher end use.
                        This could be a future thing but tbh there are lots of videos out there on learning how to use cards for those attempting perfect white balance and I think it may be too deep level for this tutorial. It could turn into a 3 hour lesson. I'd really like to address the more common questions related to car detailing or simple car photo questions rather than hardcore perfection images but I'll see how it goes. I appreciate the suggestion and am not dismissing it.

                        Originally posted by Aussiephil View Post
                        How about software and post processing, cropping etc?
                        Yeap, got that lined up too, including a free program for those don't own (or are 'evaluating') Photoshop.

                        Nice suggestions, thanks for the extensive reply.
                        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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                        • #13
                          Yeah i figured that discussion on white balance etc might get far to deep but worth maybe some links to further reading.

                          Happy to assist/help etc, maybe add a little knowledge to pay back what i'm learning about detailing

                          Oh here's a good issue: The need to manual focus on the paint rather then letting autofocus nail the reflection.

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                          • #14
                            Manual focus is a good one. I might try some RAW images again, my old computer was to slow to process them.

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