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View Poll Results: Which picture should I use for the contest?
Picture 1 9 34.62%
Picture 2 7 26.92%
Picture 3 0 0%
Picture 4 10 38.46%
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Old 06-13-2009, 02:53 AM   #1
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Help me pic my best pic...

Ok, reason I post this... A local radio station is offering a contest for a car that will be hooked up with over $7000 of stuff from a well reknown shop in town. Were talking nice rims, full sound system, full video headunit, and other goodies.

Now the hard part, I gotta pic 1 picture of my car to submit for the contest. I found 4 pics, and I will need a vote to decide what picture is the best on of my car to enter for the chance to win this awesome prize.

Help me out Yarisworld!

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Pic 4:
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Old 06-13-2009, 02:58 AM   #2
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Composition-wise, the last or the first. But I'm going to tell you now that they probably will not appreciate being blurry (edit, I actually think it's just haze instead of blur). I believe Thomas posted a link to how to get your ride into a magazine (I think that can apply to just being chosen for something). I know most of my pictures won't qualify to be chosen for a magazine article.

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Old 06-13-2009, 03:01 AM   #3
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Well my major issue is, I dont have my old 12MP camera...thats 2 states away. Sooo, all I got is a 5MP that takes crappy pics, I might try and take some new pics tomorrow while at the beach to see if I can get any good ones to come out
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Old 06-13-2009, 03:08 AM   #4
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I tried editing the two I like. Best of luck, hope you win.
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Old 06-13-2009, 03:10 AM   #5
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Well my major issue is, I dont have my old 12MP camera...thats 2 states away. Sooo, all I got is a 5MP that takes crappy pics, I might try and take some new pics tomorrow while at the beach to see if I can get any good ones to come out
hehe, I was stuck with a borrowed 5MP before I got my DSLR. Do you have a tripod? Heck, all I had back then was a table top one, and you know what I did, it's pretty ghetto, but it worked. I took that, along with my S.Tech box, and placed the tripod on the box and snapped away. Tripods does wonders, especially for me. I don't exactly have perfect still hands, I don't even want to show you guys pics I take without a tripod.
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Old 06-13-2009, 03:11 AM   #6
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Also, see if you can find that article Thomas posted (can't remember if it was pre-hack tho).
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Old 06-13-2009, 04:12 AM   #7
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no one . make another fotoshoot. with better camera.
choose nice backround for contrast with the black colour.
maybe a park?
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Old 06-13-2009, 06:13 AM   #8
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None of these pictures are going to win you prizes (sorry).

And a 5mp camera will be as decent as a 12mp camera because you aren't submitting native resolution, but a resized version.

Avoid shutter speeds that are too slow if you are shooting handheld, use a tripod if your shutter speeds are slow. For example, the first image has a 1/8th second shutter speed, a recipe for a blur images. At that kind of shutter speed, not even your 12mp camera can get you a sharp picture.

Pick a beautiful background to place your car into, or do HDR photography, and put in some postprocessing time to give your photograph that "snap". Your car is black on grey wheels, which is actually rather cool. But you have to take care to photograph it, otherwise you could end up with a black blob that hasn't any details.

Wash your car, make sure it is clean and glossy. Get some tire shine on the tires. Get your car looking its best.
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Old 06-13-2009, 12:18 PM   #9
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^ what leong said.. read up, find a tripod, then get out there and take some proper pics you can do it!
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Old 06-13-2009, 12:45 PM   #10
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#2 is the best, but +1 to what everyone is saying about picture quality.

It's gotta be worth $7000 to get out there and take the best picture you can.
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Old 06-13-2009, 09:17 PM   #11
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Ok, tripod purchased today, not the best, but it will do for now... Need to get out there and clean the car up on the outside and get a good shot in.
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Old 06-13-2009, 10:52 PM   #12
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get a better camera.... or have someone take pix for you....

I bet you my 6 megapixel camera takes way better pix than your 12 megapixel camera
it is not the megapixels that make the picture, it is the light sensor, photographer and the settings in the camera..... oh yeah, then there is editing a RAW image
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Old 06-13-2009, 11:51 PM   #13
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park the car in front of a super graffiit'd up wall .. that always looks sweet
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I found a good place that is well lit at night, so I am gonna attempt some night shots tomorrow, for some reason my car always looks cooler at night under some nice lights
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Old 06-14-2009, 05:08 AM   #15
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But if your shots are TOO nice, making the car look even better than it already is, it might backfire on you and they might choose a car that's not so nice. No?
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Old 06-14-2009, 06:15 PM   #16
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im not gonna criticize your pics . but here is a suggestion since your car is full black on black why don't you do this: find a building with a lot of highly reflective windows, park your car in front of it and try to get as many reflections of your car as possible, do this at an angle so that you are hidden in the pictures this will be an original shoot. Also avoid night shots especially with your car being so dark we wont see a thing. you need to play with reflections and contrast (i.e your car against a yellow or orange background) make your car pop out in the pics. avoid the super tilty a la Super Street pictures (this is a car and not a fighter jet) dont zoom in too much as to block the background. and do a couple of shots without thinking about them you will be surprised with the result.

also avoid eye sores like: parking lines, telephone post/lines, half cars or generally items that will attract the eyes towards them. google The Rule of Thirds (i made a tutorial before the hack it since died i think).
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Old 06-14-2009, 06:19 PM   #17
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get a better camera.... or have someone take pix for you....

I bet you my 6 megapixel camera takes way better pix than your 12 megapixel camera
it is not the megapixels that make the picture, it is the light sensor, photographer and the settings in the camera..... oh yeah, then there is editing a RAW image
not to be a smartass but what you said here is not entirely true. "light sensor" = megapixels so more pixels more information to store about the image = better quality and freedom to edit. oh and DSLR should only come with 3 modes S A and M all the rest is not true photography.
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Old 06-14-2009, 06:35 PM   #18
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find a photographer :)

if you have a few weeks, i say go hit an autocross locally and let a professional shoot your car at the event. cars moving > cars sitting still
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