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  1. undesiredshoe

    undesiredshoe TPF Noob!

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    I was bored one night and decided to take some pictures. I borrowed my friends panasonic dmc-fz5 digital camera to take the pictures.

    Here are some of the shots that werent blurry because i didnt have a tripod. Sorry if the pictures are kind of big.

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    what is your question?
     
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    ohh....like composition, lighting, exposure, and stuff.... Also, are these quality pictures?? What should i work on next time other than using a better camera
     
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    1, 3 are great.
     
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    i like #3 , if the car was a little to the right the light in the left could come into frame... besides that its cool.. I think they would look better if you couldnt see any indentifiable lettering on the buildings, gives it more of a timeless look. just my 2 cents..

    pretty good for night shots without a tripod !!!!
     
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    thanks for the replies....i know, i need to use a tripod! I just found random light posts and used the ground for the camera. So you guys think the lighting and stuff are good?? Im thinking of getting the nikon d70 soon so hopefully my pictures will look better.

    So do you think i need to work on exposure and stuff or is the lighting pretty decent?
     
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    good pictures at night are very difficult and usually way down the list of learning priorities just because the night limits what quality you can expect. this is like trying to learn to ski on the black diamond slopes.

    If I were starting again and knew what I know now, I would start by trying to make good, clear well-focussed, well-composed pictures
    where the environment was not fighting me, during the day, with the sun low in the sky. Pick a destination, go there and take a bunch of images where you decide in advance how you want it to look, then try and do that.

    Photography is part art and part craft and it is important to learn to picture the result in your mind's eye before you take the picture. The envisioning is the art, the taking is the craft.

    For every picture you take, you should have some idea of why you are taking that picture and how you want it to come out.
     
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    3 is great! :D:thumbup:
     
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    Night shots will always be rough, so it is best to learn to use photo editing software such as photoshop or GIMP.

    your second picture the white balance is off and so everything has a yellow hue to it.

    the first shot isn't bad, but your background certainly isn't helping you. Also consider getting even lower for a more dramatic picture (with no tripod this can be hard)

    the third shot is nice. I'd crop out more sky though.

    Definitely invest in a tripod if you like doing car photography at night. for 20-30 dollars you can get a decent tripod from ritz, best buy, or the very walmart being your car. best buy sells mini tripods for like 10 dollars that will do great at giving you low perspectives.

    Love the 240. That and the 300 are the few nissan's that i like.
     
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    I just thought of something, you can also get a small bean bag, it works as an awsome low level or ground level tripod. just use your 10 second timer on teh camera and instant (delayed) tripod

    you wont find a 20 dollar tripod capable of going down to the ground unless its that 8 dollar one thats only 8 inches high....
     
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    thanks for the positive crit! I know, the background isnt the best but it wasnt anything formal. We got kicked off the sears parking lot for loitering! haha. But yea, i used the cameras metering system and adjusted the fstop and exposure until it was at zero. Oh, I should add that i touched up the photos in photoshop, so it wasnt all camera skills!
     

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