In-car shots - HELP!!!

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  • 06-28-2007, 12:27 AM
    sean_damien
    In-car shots - HELP!!!
    Hi guys,

    My first post here, and I look forward to many more.

    I just purchased a DSLR (Canon D80) and I wanted to get some opinions on shooting from inside my car.

    I'm trying to get a photo of the leather shift gear in my car.

    This is the photo from my basic Canon Elf:

    http://s10.picshome.com/e80/picture_1asdad.png

    It looks like crap, trust me, I know!

    I want it to look more like this:

    http://www.leveanauto.com/temp/5.jpg

    What do you guys suggest?

    Thanks in advance :thumbsup:
  • 06-28-2007, 10:31 AM
    SmartWombat
    Re: In-car shots - HELP!!!
    Tripod for a start, you photo has camera shake.
    Better lighting, the other photo looks like it was a cabrio with the roof open in sunshine.
  • 06-28-2007, 05:10 PM
    sean_damien
    Re: In-car shots - HELP!!!
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by SmartWombat
    Tripod for a start, you photo has camera shake.
    Better lighting, the other photo looks like it was a cabrio with the roof open in sunshine.

    Would you change any of the camera settings? Exposure, etc?
  • 06-29-2007, 01:49 PM
    SmartWombat
    Re: In-car shots - HELP!!!
    If you have enough light, then the camera even in "P" mode will automatically use a faster shutter speed and help get rid of the shake.
  • 07-23-2007, 09:11 PM
    sean_damien
    Re: In-car shots - HELP!!!
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by SmartWombat
    If you have enough light, then the camera even in "P" mode will automatically use a faster shutter speed and help get rid of the shake.

    Here's a shot I took with my Nikon D80.

    Any tips on how to improve the quality?

    http://www.geocities.com/seandamien/mym33.jpg
  • 07-24-2007, 10:57 AM
    SmartWombat
    Re: In-car shots - HELP!!!
    Cut out the clutter ?
    What were you trying to photograph ?

    For the gear lever you need to be to the right and up a bit.
    Then zoom in, or get closer to take out the centre console. the steering wheel, the seats.
    Clean out the centre storage where there's what looks like a pen.

    If you can, use more than one flash, or use a reflector on the right to fill in the shadows.

    Perhaps even use a wider aperture and blur the console/radio if your lens will let you.

    Another way: get the plane of focus to cover both the //M logos, by going to the centre, lower down and angling slightly down.