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Old 06-11-2013, 11:32 PM   #1
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What settings to use for outdoor car shots?

I'm planning on selling my car, but before I sell it, I want to make my craigslist ad look somewhat presentable for potential buyers.

I currently own a Canon 60D with a 18-200mm lens, but I'm still a newb with what correct settings to be using for different settings. I want to take some daylight shots and afternoon shots also.

What will be the correct camera settings to be using in those situations?
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Old 06-12-2013, 02:44 AM   #2
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When in doubt, I use Av mode (meaning you adjust the aperture and the shutter speed automatically adjusts based on your adjustment). The smaller the number the more blur you will have in the background. It you are trying to sell your car, shoot on a overcast day so there aren't major reflections.
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Or wait until dusk, but not complete sunset, otherwise you'll get massive flare in the shots.

Here's a couple of pictures I took of my E46 at the time of sale to give you an idea what time of day it was.

Just put the aperture to a low number, ISO to 100, daylight white balance, and you should be good to go for some decent shots. Much better than dumb cell phone pictures that are used for 90% of craigslist
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Old 06-12-2013, 07:54 AM   #4
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Wait until around 4pm or cloudy.

Set your 60D to Tv at 1/500.

Set your ISO to 100.

Turn your flash off.

See if you like those.

Too dark? Turn Tv to 1/250.
Too dark? Turn Tv to 1/100.
Still too dark? Turn ISO to 200
Still too dark? Turn ISO to 400
Still too dark? Turn Tv to 1/50
Still too dark? You are doing something wrong.
Turn to Auto everything with no flash.

PS - The more you zoom, the more light you need.
PPS - Try not to ever shoot at 18 or 200, generally, the ends have more distortion.

JMO - I have a 60D.
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To add to all of these, make sure you have a tripod on the shots you can use it.

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Good info in all the posts above! Only thing I would add is make the backdrop appealing, helps with overall photo.
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Good info in all the posts above! Only thing I would add is make the backdrop appealing, helps with overall photo.
Agreed. Great pictures with a walmart parking lot in the back will still look terrible
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just a hint,
you can set your iso to 160, with digic4 chip, canon made this equal the performance of 100iso and allows best performance for lowest iso settings.
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Be mindful of the background. Go to a large parking lot/deck, park or somewhere relatively scenic. Make your car the only thing in the frame. Nobody wants to see power lines, other crappy cars or street signs or whatever.
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I have a question on topic, what do you do in order to take a picture of a car with the sunset/rise in the background? When I have tried it either makes the car very very dark and the sunset/rise awesome, or the opposite. Focus on the sunset/rise with a light source keeping the car visible?
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I have a question on topic, what do you do in order to take a picture of a car with the sunset/rise in the background? When I have tried it either makes the car very very dark and the sunset/rise awesome, or the opposite. Focus on the sunset/rise with a light source keeping the car visible?
Take multiple exposures and lace them together, or set the exposure for the background (sunset/sky) and use external flashes (such as alienbees) to light the car. If you don't have external light sources or flashes...get creative

This is what the setup looks like:



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Take multiple exposures and lace them together, or set the exposure for the background (sunset/sky) and use external flashes (such as alienbees) to light the car. If you don't have external light sources or flashes...get creative

This is what the setup looks like:
Thank you, I'll look up how to lace pictures together.
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Wait until around 4pm or cloudy.

Set your 60D to Tv at 1/500.

Set your ISO to 100.

Turn your flash off.

See if you like those.

Too dark? Turn Tv to 1/250.
Too dark? Turn Tv to 1/100.
Still too dark? Turn ISO to 200
Still too dark? Turn ISO to 400
Still too dark? Turn Tv to 1/50
Still too dark? You are doing something wrong.
Turn to Auto everything with no flash.

PS - The more you zoom, the more light you need.
PPS - Try not to ever shoot at 18 or 200, generally, the ends have more distortion.

JMO - I have a 60D.
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I have a question on topic, what do you do in order to take a picture of a car with the sunset/rise in the background? When I have tried it either makes the car very very dark and the sunset/rise awesome, or the opposite. Focus on the sunset/rise with a light source keeping the car visible?
I am not as knowledgable as some here are. But one idea is to check your manual to see if your flash can be set to slow synch mode or rear curtain mode.

Most often used for subjects in motion in order to position the blur, but I've heard of people using these settings to allow the shutter speed necessary to capture a sunset background and still use the flash to light a darker foreground.
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Good info in all the posts above! Only thing I would add is make the backdrop appealing, helps with overall photo.
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Be mindful of the background. Go to a large parking lot/deck, park or somewhere relatively scenic. Make your car the only thing in the frame. Nobody wants to see power lines, other crappy cars or street signs or whatever.
These x 1,000.

The top level of a parking garage is good cuz it's a natural looking place for a car to be. The background is likely to be way beyond the subject so you can use DOF to blur it out and make the subject the only thing the viewer notices.
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Magic hour + 100-200 ISO + wide open as you can get, and play with shutter speed accordingly. stand as far back as you can, zoom in as far as you can. result:




PS I intentionally make them slightly dark.
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