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Old 06-24-2013, 07:40 PM   #1
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tips on photographing my jeep...

im not so much looking for "poses" if you will, im looking for tips to make my impact orange jeep look, well, impact orange in pictures. I seem to have an uncanny ability to make it appear red....

help?

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Are you shooting with a DSLR? There are 2 keys to getting the color right, exposure and White Balance.

You won't get it right shooting in auto mode, you will have to switch to manual mode and tinker a little bit.

White balance is easier to get right than exposure. The best time to shoot is an overcast day ( the clouds act like a big diffuser to give nice, even light without deep shadows and too much contrast). You set your white balance on a cloudy day to the Cloud setting. Next best is to be in shade and use the shade setting.

For exposure, pay attention in full auto mode and see what shutter speed and aperture the camera wants to use. Go into manual mode and choose those same settings. But then take 5 pictures. First with the recommended settings. The 1 click faster shutter speed, 2 clicks faster, and then 1 and 2 clicks slower.

One of the five pics will likely have the right color.

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That's pretty much a "shotgun" way of doing it ^^^^.

It will work though.

What camera are you using?

Some tips:

Have the sun to your back.
Pay attention to the background. Don't have poles, signs or other objectd sticking out of your jeep.
Exposure is the key, do you know how exposure works?
What is your level of competence?

If all else fails take a class at a vocational or other school.
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Disregard those two guys. Naked women hanging on the Wrangler. NO ONE will even care about the color or white balance.
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Disregard those two guys. Naked women hanging on the Wrangler. NO ONE will even care about the color or white balance.
best answer. ever.

@everyone else: I don't have a dslr just a PnS at the moment (chose a wrangler over a camera) I think its got some manual adjustments its a decent canon... ill have to fiddle with it thanks.. that sun is pesky. I know that's my problem since the color is a redish orange.. I figured the image sensor in my cell couldn't accurately reproduce the color...
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im not so much looking for "poses" if you will, im looking for tips to make my impact orange jeep look, well, impact orange in pictures. I seem to have an uncanny ability to make it appear red....

help?
Why not just color correct them after you take them? If your camera has a "raw" mode, you can easily adjust white balance after. If you have point and shoot, set the thing to a mode that is like your day (cloudy for overcast, sunny for full sun, etc...)

And the naked women's skin tone would benefit from proper white balance as well :-)
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best answer. ever.

@everyone else: I don't have a dslr just a PnS at the moment (chose a wrangler over a camera) I think its got some manual adjustments its a decent canon... ill have to fiddle with it thanks.. that sun is pesky. I know that's my problem since the color is a redish orange.. I figured the image sensor in my cell couldn't accurately reproduce the color...
So you sound like you have a white balance issue.

If your camera has a manual mode where you can set custom white balance from a grey card or you can manually adjust it you would be more technicaly accurate than a auto setting. I haven't used a PnS in years, aside from my Iphone so I don't have any idea what they have or don't have now a days.

I shoot everything in manual mode and try to get the most accurate image from the camera, I "touch up" in photoshop.
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best answer. ever.

@everyone else: I don't have a dslr just a PnS at the moment (chose a wrangler over a camera) I think its got some manual adjustments its a decent canon... ill have to fiddle with it thanks.. that sun is pesky. I know that's my problem since the color is a redish orange.. I figured the image sensor in my cell couldn't accurately reproduce the color...
Tell us exactly what camera you have. With that info, we might be able to give you a step by step.

My first suggestion was indeed a shotgun approach, because you have to really understand photography and light to get this right without trial and error. So the challenge is to give you a method that will work without you having to take a semester course at a community college.

We also need to know your computer setup. I assume you are shooting digital, not film. Are you using a mac or windows? When you load pics onto the computer, what software do you use (i.e. Picasa? IPhoto?). Do you have photoshop?
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Post some sample pictures as well as the camera info.
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Eh, you're really probably not going to get what you want with a PNS.

You need white balance meter, f stop adjustment, among other things that the PNS probably isn't going to get you.

I have the Sony a77. The below two items would get you on your way. Other cameras are just as good, if not better for low light stuff, but I like the electronic goodies (the engineer in me).

http://www.amazon.com/Sony-SLT-A77-D...words=sony+a77
http://www.amazon.com/Minolta-50mm-f...s=minolta+lens
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We really need the info requested above and some sample pics to help you out. From what you have said, it sounds mainly like a WB issue. I used to photograph for 4 different automotive magazines, so if I can help you out, just let me know. In the mean time you can read the article I wrote for one of the photography websites.

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