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Old 09-04-2012, 15:09   #11 (permalink)
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I have this same problem where i feel my photos are lacking something and im not sure what it is. I always found lighting is a hugh part of your photos ( compared to your subject & filters ) if you get some creative lighting in there its can make the photos stand out from the rest.

I would say the easiest way of getting some interesting shots without killing your wallet is take some shots from a step ladder. I found it really interesting just taking shots from a ladder as you gain the advantage of angles that you cant get from the ground.

As Joetography says, just keep going and drive into the unkown and find your style. If you look at some of the photos off the 28 days later exploration site, you can get some good ideas there.
good advice.

We are our worst enemies.I'm never happy.lol

also, try not to shoot at midday, harsh light (unless you want that)

fill the frame or watch your backgrounds (easier to get it right in camera than crop and photoshop, time consuming)

and watch for the reflections as Matt said a polariser filter can help, but learn how to remove reflections in photoshop, can make a huge difference.

but..........


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Old 09-04-2012, 15:12   #12 (permalink)
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whats difference between lightroom and photoshop?
photoshop is more detailed and you can manipulate everything. It's a beast in the right hands.

has some good vids on all things photo.

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Other thing I've found for interesting shots recently is camera on tripod and taking 8 or 9 shots at multiple exposures and layering them together in star trails.exe picking and choosing the lighting details I want
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Old 10-04-2012, 13:57   #14 (permalink)
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i use adobe cs4 portable(only because its the only 1 that i could acquire at the time for free)lol, is it worth going for lightroom for a bit of difference, i doubt im fully using photoshop to its full potential but o well haha
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hi mate, I don't know if you know, but I do a bit of car photography and use the Sony A200. ( www.facebook.com/sdukphotography )

I LOVE the A200! I have the utility lens that you have, also use a 50mm fixed lens and have a 75-300 lens for motorsport shots.

Are you shooting in RAW? This is by far the best way to make sure you get "the" shot and allows for much better editing back home.

What mode are you shooting in?

Do you have any of the RAW files for the above photos? I'd gladly have an edit of them for you to see if I can change your mind on the camera

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Unfortunately upgrading the camera doesn't upgrade the techniques used to take photos, its more practice and play with what you have, different lenses, remote, tripods, flash all basic kit really. Filters can be fun, but there are so many to choose from.

As sammy say, shot in raw much more to edit and play around with than jpeg. With my EOS DSLR i shot raw but saves both raw and jpegs. Kills the memory cards, but always carry three or four of them.

Just keep playing, get your tripod and remote out and have a play at night, light painting with torches or laser pens is good fun, even black and white can change an image, although most of the time for me black and white is done after in the canon software.
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Well, soon after posting this, I did abit more research into the cameras capabilities.

I then went out and tried these functions I wasn't aware of.

It was more things like alternative lenses that I was wanting to upgrade rather than the complete camera.


I've never shot in the RAW format, mainly because I've never known how it worked. Or whether I could use Photoshop to edit them.

To be told you use an A200 is good to know Sammy. Your photo's always impress me. It was actually the RS shoot you did that inspired me to improve my own photos.


Anyway, I went to Elsecar VW show on Monday, and took these. Personally I feel they're my best to date.










Thanks for all advice given so far, very much appreciated
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lovely shots mate!
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Did you shoot these in raw mate?
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Did you shoot these in raw mate?
Unfortunately not. I took these before you'd advised me to do so.

I shall do when I go to Longbridge on Saturday though.
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