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Old 03-04-2013, 03:00 AM   #1
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what can i do to get better pics?

ok, i recently purchased a canon t3 with the 18-55 lens kit. i went out and shot a few of my friends' cars and was really not happy with the outcome. im a total noob to photography, atm, and would like some pointers if you would be so kind to lend out. thanks in advance.
















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Old 03-04-2013, 04:05 AM   #2
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Pick up a good book that explains the basics of photography. A lot of the photos that you have posted have a LOT of dynamic range - range that the human eye and brain automatically compensate for, but cameras cannot.

Many of your images have very strong backlighting, the sky, the xenon lights, etc- and this makes the camera underexpose the rest of the image.

Photography is all about lighting- either learn to control and use it better, or use a technique called HDR (high dynamic range) to get the results you want.
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Old 03-04-2013, 04:37 AM   #3
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Pick up a good book that explains the basics of photography. A lot of the photos that you have posted have a LOT of dynamic range - range that the human eye and brain automatically compensate for, but cameras cannot.

Many of your images have very strong backlighting, the sky, the xenon lights, etc- and this makes the camera underexpose the rest of the image.

Photography is all about lighting- either learn to control and use it better, or use a technique called HDR (high dynamic range) to get the results you want.
thanks and yeah i've heard about a book about exposure. have it bookmarked somewhere. might pick it up soon
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Old 03-04-2013, 02:22 PM   #4
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Old 03-04-2013, 02:35 PM   #5
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Lighting is of course key as previously stated.

Also, be sure to use a tripod. The first thing i notice in a lot of your shots is sharpness. May need to adjust the camera settings (sharpness, contrast, etc. in the settings menu, but don't go crazy and be sure to take lots of shots of the same thing to really lock in your settings) Do a little post-processing if need be. Also, dont go crazy here either. lol.

Use the rule of 2/3rds to give it a bit more professional look... stuff like that. Read this tutorial for quick 10 tips. Just shoot lots and lots.

Anyway. good luck.

http://photo.tutsplus.com/articles/s...r-photography/

watch a few Froknowsphoto.com youtube videos and what not. Just do more research and put their techniques to use. Find a phtoographer you love and try to immulate his style.
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Old 03-04-2013, 03:27 PM   #7
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Thanks a lot guys, will definitely be reading up on these reads.
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Old 03-04-2013, 04:30 PM   #8
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Understanding Exposure is the beginner's bible. It's cheap. Buy it and read it a couple times. After that, practice as much as possible
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Some of these arent bad but definitely use a tripod since the kit lens isnt that great for indoor work especially if its dark. Look into a Canon 50mm f/1.4 or the sigma. I always advise against the Canon 50mm f/1.8 even though its an affordable lens but you'll eventually just sell it and get something else so try to do it right the first time around.

Another thing to look at is editing. Thats usually the crucial part to photography if your not able to get it right in the camera.
And like AlexD said shoot as much as possible and try to understand composition, angles and how light works in photography.

Let us know if you need any other help.
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Not bad. What editing program are you using? Which memory card? You have a tripod?
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As in does he have a high speed card, class 10/UHS1 etc
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Memory card speed should have No impact on the IQ of pictures, except if trying to shoot a rapid sequence. I dont think any of these shots above qualify as such.
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Alright. Thank you sir.
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Some of these arent bad but definitely use a tripod since the kit lens isnt that great for indoor work especially if its dark. Look into a Canon 50mm f/1.4 or the sigma. I always advise against the Canon 50mm f/1.8 even though its an affordable lens but you'll eventually just sell it and get something else so try to do it right the first time around.

Another thing to look at is editing. Thats usually the crucial part to photography if your not able to get it right in the camera.
And like AlexD said shoot as much as possible and try to understand composition, angles and how light works in photography.

Let us know if you need any other help.
thank you for the comments and tips. i am using a tripod for the majority of the pics i posted. it's literally my first time shooting with it or any dslr for that matter. i do have a whole lot too learn and appreciate the help.

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Not bad. What editing program are you using? Which memory card? You have a tripod?
im using adobe photoshop elements 10 - transcend 16gb sdhc class 10 - yes a 50" vivitar tripod for the moment
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Something about the garage pics is making it look very dull. What setting on the camera are you using?
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Something about the garage pics is making it look very dull. What setting on the camera are you using?
for the most part just auto no flash, messed around with some aperture. but mostly auto.
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^ahhh, definitely get familiar with manual adjustments. You'll see a great deal of difference.
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^ahhh, definitely get familiar with manual adjustments. You'll see a great deal of difference.
This^. Was gonna say how about you start by not shooting on auto mode.
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+1 to those who say manual adjustments only.

Look up 'photographersonutube' and watch his videos on shutter speed, aperture, and ISO and so forth. That's a decent start.
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