New To Forum - Automotive Shots

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I am pretty new to the photography forum thing.
I am about to post some of my automotive shots.

Comments & Criticism Welcome

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Very nice. second last is my fav.

Try to number your images when posting. It makes it easier to reference when commenting.

Thank you,

I really appreciate the heads up.
I have added numbers to the images.
 
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The last shot is also my favorite, but I love the stance of the Fairlady.

Nice work, here!
 
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One of my posts from the link at the top of this forum.

The first thing you guys need to understand about automotive photography is that the photograph itself is only HALF of the equation, you really need to be working on your processing skills to make an impact among the sea of people who call themselves automotive photographers nowdays. This means, above all, learning Photoshop. Yes, Lightroom is better for a few things, but Photoshop is still king, and you can do things in Photoshop that you can't do in Lightroom...but not the other way around. Remember that.

My advice to you all is to focus on quality, not quantity. Forget about shooting a "set" and "representing" the car. Instead, walk around the car, look at it very close, and ask yourself what it is about it that captures your attention. If you find that out, you're on your way.

The next thing you need to do is think about how you want to show the viewer what you thought was interesting. Do you need to be at a high angle? Low angle? Find some way to show the viewer something DIFFERENT, a view that they can't see by just walking up to the car on the street.

Once you have an idea of what you want to present to the viewer, then you need to think about WHERE you want the viewer to see it. Location is EVERYTHING to an automotive photograph. What is a photo without a story? What is a story without background? Nothing. Put the car where it belongs. Don't shoot a rock-crawling Jeep in a parking garage, and don't shoot a Prius on a race-track. Dig?

Once you have the location, use your brain a little bit, shoot it at the right time of day, ie sunset, or when the sun has just gone behind the trees. And don't skimp, bring your tripod, and your circular polarizer. Make sure the sun is on your back, place the car at the angle you have chosen, compose for the rule of thirds, focus and expose correctly, and own this photo before you ever press the shutter.

Once you have the shots you need, go through them until you find something special, and work that shot. Look at it, listen to it, hear what it is asking for, and process accordingly.

Automotive photography isn't rocket science guys, but it IS A SCIENCE, and once you learn how it works, you can manipulate it to your own ends and get great results under just about any conditions.

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