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Old 05-14-2006, 05:46 PM
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are the pics attached?????????????

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Originally Posted by djboen
thanks for all the tips--but the problem I am having is---I have shot several with my digital camera, and whenever I try to update my profile to add some pics of my cars---ALL of them are too large. I have reduced my image quality setting down to the basic, and also have changed image size down to 640 which is the lowest setting on my camera. Took a couple more pics, tonite, just to see if this is where I need to be, but they were still toooooo large. Your help would be appreciated.

Try this site:

They have just about anything you want to know about digital photography.

I would suggest you leave your camera setting on the high resolutions as then you can print those photos. If you have it set at the 640 size, those won't look good printed. You can use any photo editing program to resize your photos for email or posting.
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thanks,those tips should help alot!!!!!!!!!!!
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I used to be a professional photographer as well, I took pictures of race cars for a number of years, mostly on dirt tracks, but a few on pavement.

Here are a few lessons I learned: Take way more shots than you think you need, I can't tell you how many times I would shoot 5 to 10 rolls of film and come out with a lot of pretty good shots but only a couple really good shots. Sometimes that awesome shot is as much luck as planning. The bottom line is, it's a lot cheaper to shoot more film than to have to come back another day and do it all over again.

Ask yourself what the final destination of the photo is, if you intend to sell the photo, then forget about what you like in a picture, I can almost guarantee you the person buying the picture will have a different idea of what a great picture is. If the shot is for you then by all means, shoot the way you want.

When you are shooting cars I have found contrast is the key, in most of Jacks photos the majority of the picture is light in hue, when photographing a yellow car try not to put it in front of a sky or skyline that is nearly the same value as the car, if you took the color out of the pictures the car would nearly disappear. Having greater contrast also gives you more leeway on the exposure of the subject. If you are photographing a light car in front of a dark cliff as an example, then lightening or darkening the photo a little to make the car pop will not make the background look wrong in the final picture.

The human eye is extremely good at editing what it sees, the camera will show you exactly what is there. How many times have you pulled over to take a picture of a breathtaking scenery only to find when you viewed the picture that the phone lines in the right side of the picture, the old Styrofoam coffee cup in the lower left and the camper just barely visible on the side of the mountain you were taking the picture of made it not nearly so breathtaking.

Just about everything else I can think of right now has been well covered in the rest of the posts here. One of my favorite shots to take at the racetrack was when the sun was just about to set and the shutter speeds were getting longer I liked to pan with the car through the turn and get the car sharp but have the background be just long streaks of color. Takes some practice holding the camera on a moving car and keeping the car in the same position in the frame the whole time the shutter is open, but the results are awesome.
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Updating profile picture

how do I reduce my picture, I keep getting an error msg that my picture is too large--that it cannot be over 500 x 500 pixels.
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Hi Guys!

After reading through all the pages on this topic I couldn't help but post. For the first time ever I have my car on the cover of a magazine this month and I'm pretty darn proud of it!

I read this entire post some time ago, maybe a year ago? I don't know if the great wealth of information I gained from everyones advice here helped, but, I do like taking pictures of my cars and want to be good at doing it. I pretty much carry my Canon Elf whenever I drive just in case a good photo-op arises.

My car is pretty unique, almost auto-photogenic enough as it is. It is easy to take pictures of, but, I wanted it to look good in a shot. As in, how it was taken. Practice-practice. I drove to this site 4 times, always early on Sunday morning, looking for the low light. It never happened. I remember waiting for the fog to lift then.... "Boom"- hard light. My cover shot has all the flaws. Shadowing being the worst. I took many-many multiple shots but the editor liked this one the best.

I attached a picture of the cover shot below, if it too small for your viewing pleasure here is the link:


Anyhow, I hope this adds content to this thread. I just thought I'd share.

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Nice Subaru.... you don't see many of those around anymore!
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Ok, all good points and I completely agree having many empty film canisters and hundreds of digital files. Sometimes I prefer to add the background just enough for contrast to set off the color of my subject (manifolds or the car) like our 67 Special with gold paint and a black vinyl top I like a clean grass background, because cement or a sandy beach blend with the car. I am no pro, just like you I am constantly snappin shots. I try the same with my tatto work and wildlife shots that I do with the cars and their perspective parts. Ya'll are great for talking to and getting ideas thanks a bunch!
P.S. I will be posting pictures of the Special and the Stage one as soon as I find the one that sticks out.
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I usually take loads of pics at shows during the summer & the only real gripe that I have is with the organizers.
There is one show in particular over here in the UK which is held at Billing Aquadrome. It's held in the Spring & is one of the first major shows of the season & most of the cars & rods that have been worked on over the winter months are making their debut appearances.
Unfortunately, since it is that time of year, the sun hangs at a certain angle & from a certain direction. Every year, the organizers set their main 'stage' area (for want of a better term) at one end of a field & all the vehicles park facing this area.

And guess what?

The sun is behind the lot!!

This happens every year & even though the rodders are just happy to be there, the photographer is never given any consideration.
I will occasionally photograph something from it's rear angle, particularly if I'm doing multiple shots 'cos it's a nice motor, but most of the time, with so many vehicles around & film not being as cheap as digital, I tend to go for a single shot of just about everything & a 3/4 view from the front, regardless of the height of the lens from the ground, is usually the best option.

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Old 12-05-2007, 08:30 PM
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Originally Posted by mickey1031
i also do potography.

i would also like to add somethign here for you

you always see the lil star effects on cars in mag. ads. this is done with a cheap filter called a cross cut filter you can get themin several points IE 6pt will have 6 points in the filter and so .

the thing is dont over due it. I will shoot a roll with and a roll with out then use some from each roll.

I never take the poloriser off my camera for anything but cleaning

I am shooting Digital with a 10 D Canon camera and a light kit but you can do alot with a point and shoot camera big things to remeber is this

watch the back ground,
watch out for what might come in to the photo i had one one time (before photo shop was the norm) of a really nice car and in the pass. side window of this car was a bird that flew threw the shot as i took it. made the bird look like it was inside of the car.

Watch your lighting. when you set up your lights know what your going to be shooting like the dash for exampel. look at the dash in several angels so tha tyou can see all of the gugage lenses etc. see if you can see your lights in teh reflection if you can MOVE THEM!! if you can see it the cmer will also.

another thing to remeber is a camer dont see dementions it sees every thing flat so if you want to add the thrill of demention then you have to look at it in two dementions to see what the camera will see. then change it to get the effect you want .

also dont get to far away from the car, dont be afraid to get close to it and at the same ime fill the frame.

als you can still get the flims you had mention above from a camera shop in your local area ut remeber the higher the number it willgather more light but also add grain and that will cuse the finish product to look worse with to much.
a good film for out side is the lowest number you can find and are comfortabel working with. the throw away cameras are not a good choice here. I shoot all the tiem out side with a100 asa film and normally will use Kodak gold. for B&W film i use Illford delta film and i will use 100 or less asa.

use a tri pod on all your photos and use a cael release to make sure you dont shake it. if your camera has a miorro lock up this is the tiem to use it.

but most of all go out with the idea of what your goign to do and want to see
then TAKE YOU TIME do not rush this.

someof us that do this allot will run around acar and shoot 300 photos in 5 min. this is nto always the best thing to do. some thingk well it is digital so who cares i can always shoot more. but rember you will ever have the light exactly the same as you do now. unless you controlled the lights and dont move them untill you are done and proofed .

also get nthe ssmae level is one of the best things someoen said here. this also works great with kids fo rgrand kids or your kids.
most of all have fun with it and take the shots.
If you have a women in the photo make sure you dont cut off her head LOL
and watch shine on her and the car to.

I'd get your KEYBOARD checked for missing letters and alignment
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Chang over

I want to put a 1952 chevy coupe on a s10 frame,
Dont know what model. I am very new at this,
I want the 4.3 4 speed automa I have some help,
Dont know wheel base,
Just though i mite get help, Thank you jesse lee
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Igotthephotobucket uploaded my pics but how do I get them on here.
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Hey all been reading through this thread for some time thaught id share a few links for everyone to help them out
lots of tips here in tutorial section

aswell as rigshots.com.au
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