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    It's hard to give commentary because

    a) the subject is not very imaginative despite being a gorgeous vehicle,

    b) the lighting is flat,

    c) It's pretty clear you walked around the car and took the shots standing up. That's fine, but a little boring. We've all seen cars from this angle. Show us something different.

    While these photos might serve as a nice memory of getting up close to a Lamborghini, they're nothing special from a photography viewpoint. You're not taking advantage of any of the features that an SLR offers over a P&S.

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    what do you suggest? i dont know much about photography.
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    Quote Originally Posted by macwannabe View Post
    what do you suggest? i dont know much about photography.
    It's your eye, dude. We can't tell you how to use your eye. Maybe do some diagonals, and wait until the sun shines on the car. Try to get some close-ups, maybe the rims of the car close up. use your eye.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueMac View Post
    It's your eye, dude. We can't tell you how to use your eye. Maybe do some diagonals, and wait until the sun shines on the car. Try to get some close-ups, maybe the rims of the car close up. use your eye.
    Have you ever shot a vehicle before?? Direct sunlight on a vehicle is one of the worst things you can do. Over cast days are best to shoot vehicles, and if it is sunny you better have plenty of diffuser panels.

    To the OP, you did a good job for your first setup session. But when working with vehicles outdoors you want to find a setting that either compliments or contrasts with your subject (vehicle) to make it more compelling. As well as giving the viewer angles that are not so common.

    If you were doing this for a dealer, they would be great. Although some of them are a tad underexposed on my monitor. But I do not calibrate this monitor so take that with a grain of salt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueMac View Post
    It's your eye, dude. We can't tell you how to use your eye. Maybe do some diagonals, and wait until the sun shines on the car. Try to get some close-ups, maybe the rims of the car close up. use your eye.
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    It's nothing new excluding this great Lambo ;]
    You haven't treated it like a model, but you treated this car like a one of them which stay on car park.

    Rebel XSi is EOS 450D, I suppose ?
    btw. You gotta rich friend %-D

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    this is for a brochure for my friends company.. i did some other cars yesterday. but thanks for the input i looked up some images and i see what most of you are saying.. i am still learning a lot.. i have only had this camera 2.5 weeks and this is my first SLR.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phototini View Post
    ... Direct sunlight on a vehicle is one of the worst things you can do. Over cast days are best to shoot vehicles, and if it is sunny you better have plenty of diffuser panels.
    If you have a polarized filter, then you are not so limited with glares from the car as well, I think you cat achieve amazing photos this way

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    i photoshopped this pic a lil

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    looks pretty good

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    looks pretty good
    thx. i am going to school for graphic design but shooting a camera is something so new to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scathe View Post
    If you have a polarized filter, then you are not so limited with glares from the car as well, I think you cat achieve amazing photos this way
    Polarizing filters work good sometimes, but often times it just makes more work in LR or PS. It really depends on the overall look you are trying to achieve. But that is just my opinion, as I generally don't use any filters.

    Also OP, one thing to remember in Photoshop or Lightroom whatever you use to post process....less is always more. You did way to much burning on that image. It screams photoshop!

    Keep at it man, and keep learning. That is the best way to become a good photographer, learn the basics, learn the rules, and then learn how to break them creatively.

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    i like the picture. i think it could have been taken this way. thanks for your OP tho.

    learn the basics, learn the rules, and then learn how to break them creatively.
    you sound like my father he is a photographer.. i have a lot to learn though.
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    why did you shoot the shots in front of a garage? that's the most disrupting element for me the car on this particular shot also takes up too much space, for me a picture should never just be about one big yellow blob of a lambo

    Edit:
    the modified picture looks pretty good, if there isn't the original side by side to see what exactly changed I think the effect came out nicely, specially on the pavement ... the only give away would be the over-saturated blue sky, but still

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