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      04-21-2008, 05:42 PM   #1
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Tips for taking pics of black cars?

Does anyone have tips for taking pics of black cars?

I have access to an SLR and point and shoot. Would love some tips for both from the pro camera takers here. Whenever I take pictures of my car, the lines aren't defined and the car looks like a black blob of metal...

It makes me wish I had white, sometimes!
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      04-22-2008, 08:59 PM   #2
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Turn off the flash, slow down the aperture (more open), and shot form an angle. Post your results!
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Is the car moving or stationary? Sunny or dark?

Wash the car. Dirt on a black car shows very easily in a pic.

If you use a flash, you'll need a softbox, or the reflection off the car will suck.

And always, always, always USE A TRIPOD! Just a friendly reminder from yur Uncle Larry.

I don't know that I'd go wide open on the aperature. I'd probably stop down to f/4, or maybe even f/8, depending on how much light I had available. You'll get a greater depth of field, which will bring more of the car into focus, making it appear sharper. Also, most lenses are sharpest at the lower 1/3 point of the aperature range - usually around f/8 or so.

This one is an HDR, but the car was shot at f/8.


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Shoot in the morning, or evening. Never mid day. Never in direct sunlight without proper lighting... Here are some of my black car in different conditions...
This shoot started early in the morning and by the time we were finished I shot my car... Pretty much direct sun at 11am...

Clearly noticable, cloudy day. Long exposure..

Out of direct lighting (sun)

You start to lose detail in the car to properly expose the entire scene as seen here in direct sunlight..

Partly cloudy day.. perfect for a nice fliter when shooting a black car..

Again, here is a cloudy day...

Just some examples of details shown and not shown in different lightings.. :dunno: if it helped at all.
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look into a polarizer filter if you notice a lot of shadows/clouds on the black car.
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its all about the angle. you don't want it washed out and you don't want it too concentrated. at the same time, you also want the lines to show.

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Great tips and nice shots!!
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