Car photo question

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  1. dtzitko

    dtzitko TPF Noob!

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    I was going through some old shots of my car and found this one and did some processing on it. I think it turned out really well, but how can I get rid of the reflections that kind of streak across the middle of the car? Is it something I can do when shooting or is there really no way around it and just fix it in PP?

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    Unless you have access to a large commercial photography studio that photographs cars and large items it is hard to not get reflections. The big studios use large white diffused light banks that create a nice even light not a smaller specular light that causes reflections. You might try photographing the car on an overcast day where your light source is just the cloudy sky.
     
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    Bah. I kind of figured that. So, anybody have any tips on what I could do to get rid of that stuff in PP?
     
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    You can't. It's one of the few things that can't be done post process in an image editor.

    It has to be done pre-process by putting a C-PL filter on your lens, knowing how to use the filter, and being very aware of where the Sun is relative to the lens axis.

    To bad you had such a poor background and couldn't get the car away from it more than you did. That, and the car is underexposed.

    When I shoot a car outside, I don't want the car closer than 1/2 a mile from the background.

    I'd crop away the top half of the shot, myself, it doesn't add anything, other than distraction.

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    Know of any good sources to read up on how to reduce it and how to properly use a CPL filter? I don't have one, but have been wanting one for a while.
     
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    I Would Not Change a thing; those steaks show the Curves of the car!
     
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    Do you want me to Google that for you, or can you do it yourself? There are many online tutorials. I don't need them so, off hand, I can't direct you to any.

    A C-PL will reduce the glare by a max of about 80% when used properly. At each setup, you'll need to experiment some to optimize your results.
     
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    Ha, no. I'm pretty proficient with google. Just checking to see if you or any others knew of a good tutorial somewhere that was reliable and had good information. Thanks for the pointers though :thumbup:
     
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    I do like KmH's edit...and agree with Munky about the reflections. To me, it doesn't necessarily detract from the subject. Awesome Supra btw! In HS a friend of mine had a white '89 Turbo. I've never gone faster than I did riding shotgun in that car. About 153 IIRC. ;)
     
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    Thanks! Yea, it's pretty fun...when it works.
     

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