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Posted by: matt watkinson Oct 3 2006, 12:57 PM

Ok,
this is a really basic walkthrough for taking a static front 3/4 shot of a car, which is far more difficult than it sounds. I'm just trying to answer some of the questions i get emailed quite frequently. There are also some useful tips that apply to all sorts of car photos.

Without further ado:

http://www.mattwatkinson.com/tutorial/

Matt

ps. Please let me know if its any good, it took me a couple of hours!

Posted by: Thomas_K Oct 3 2006, 01:41 PM

Excellent. As an amateur i really appreciate that you as a pro take the time to do this kind of thing. Thank you.

Posted by: midnightdorifto Oct 3 2006, 02:14 PM

Bigtime +1. Thanks for taking time for the little guy.

Posted by: Firewired Oct 3 2006, 02:25 PM

Sweet ! Good info Matt. thumbs_up.gif

Posted by: lxmcc Oct 3 2006, 03:02 PM

Great tips, thanks for taking the time to write this smile.gif

Posted by: bastien Oct 3 2006, 03:06 PM

very nice, thank you

Posted by: matt watkinson Oct 3 2006, 11:14 PM

no problems. I hope it is useful. smile.gif

Posted by: FlawlesStyle Oct 4 2006, 12:14 AM

So useful, I've pinned it =D

Posted by: matt watkinson Oct 4 2006, 01:57 AM

Gosh, im flattered.

Matt smile.gif

Posted by: skituner Oct 4 2006, 05:18 AM

very insightful thanks alot matt, i love your work

Posted by: GreyGhost Oct 4 2006, 11:35 AM

BAD ASS!!!! Thanks Matt!

Posted by: jcpr Oct 17 2006, 03:34 AM

As I said in the mail I sent you, thank you so much for the time you spent on this tutorial.

You're da man who's not afraid of:

- Showing your rig.
- Explain and teach how you do things.

Sometimes I feel photography is a secret society, where everyone is afraid of sharing experiencies and insights on how things are done. You go against that thought. The thought that if anyone shares information you might get unemployed.

I could do a side-by-side shoot with you right now, and I'll bet 50 bucks with anyone, your shots would excel mine everytime.

It's not the knowledge, it's how you put it to work.

Posted by: potatoboy666 Oct 17 2006, 04:18 AM

Thanks alot Matt, that was a lot of help. biggrin.gif

Posted by: arnge Oct 17 2006, 04:38 AM

for ameturs , that was absofuckenlotly awsome.

Posted by: z0ne Oct 30 2006, 10:46 AM

Thanks, Matt!

Posted by: MartijnGizmo Nov 1 2006, 06:36 AM

Nice read, I got some good usage out of the tips recently!

Posted by: Avalon Nov 28 2006, 09:36 PM

Very nice. My dumbass has been "into" photography for a few years now, and hadn't even thought of the sketches or getting the character of the car. Show's how much I know...

Posted by: Kevin Mar 20 2007, 05:15 AM

Thanks for taking the time to do this Matt. I found it very clear, easy to understand and I hope I can apply your tips to improve my own photos!

I even registered especially so that I could post my thanks. biggrin.gif


Kevin

Posted by: Kamil Wolski Jun 23 2007, 12:04 AM

Very useful tutorial! Thanks Matt!

Posted by: carfreak222 Jul 15 2007, 09:36 PM

QUOTE(matt watkinson @ Oct 3 2006, 03:57 PM) *
Ok,
this is a really basic walkthrough for taking a static front 3/4 shot of a car, which is far more difficult than it sounds. I'm just trying to answer some of the questions i get emailed quite frequently. There are also some useful tips that apply to all sorts of car photos.

Without further ado:

http://www.mattwatkinson.com/tutorial/

Matt

ps. Please let me know if its any good, it took me a couple of hours!


Hey is there any way you could send me the file in e-mail? The link is not working for me....idk why.

Posted by: Easton Jul 17 2007, 04:33 AM

Matt left the forums - you're going to have to email him to get in touch!

Posted by: Black Jul 31 2007, 09:19 PM

canadian.gif I take a car photo at here. head.gif

Posted by: `nT Aug 10 2007, 05:26 PM

Wow, cheers for this! Big help cool.gif

Posted by: sad12q Dec 31 2007, 08:30 AM

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Posted by: duality Feb 23 2008, 10:30 AM

Some tips...Not from me of course biggrin.gif As a total noob, it provided more insight in the wonderful work you guys do.



http://www.motivemag.com/pub/feature/tech/Just_Shoot_Me_-_Motive_s_Car_Photography_Tips.shtml

Posted by: Nate047 Mar 4 2008, 11:21 AM

Good advice and information in this thread! thumbs_up.gif thumbs_up.gif

Posted by: lowside67 Mar 5 2008, 11:01 AM

The link is broken, here is the correct one:
http://www.motivemag.com/pub/feature/drivers_ed/Just_Shoot_Me_-_Motive_s_Car_Photography_Tips.shtml

Posted by: CatalepsicFox Mar 17 2008, 08:19 AM

Some reason I just saw this tutorial now X.gif. Awesome tutorial definitely a bookmark for me. Thanks!

Posted by: ausdrifter Sep 9 2008, 10:24 PM

yeah, quite helpful. Sometimes its good to relearn stuff you thought you knew and find out stuff you didnt. cheers

Posted by: Stink Mar 25 2009, 04:49 AM

yeah always a good read and top up

Posted by: Tony May 16 2009, 07:24 AM

Sup Bros! Just stopping by to get good feed backs. For anyone here lives in U.S., what would be the best invoice kits to be used for taking car pictures? Does anyone have suggestions on what would be the best components that an amateur or advance amateur like me to use to take good car pictures without spending too much buck?

Posted by: Juju Jun 23 2009, 09:04 AM

Is it just me or does the link not work dry.gif

Posted by: BartusKN.nl Jun 24 2009, 01:56 AM

QUOTE(Juju @ Jun 23 2009, 10:04 AM) *
Is it just me or does the link not work dry.gif


Well i noticed the same a while ago. Perhaps someone has this website as a backup? rolleyes.gif

Posted by: odd_1995 Jul 5 2009, 12:12 PM

Guys, have you got this tutorial by matt watkinson ? Could you send it ? Thanks!

Posted by: Denitorious Aug 7 2009, 06:07 AM

^I would love to get it, too sad.gif

Posted by: //deanphoto Aug 13 2009, 01:09 PM

Have you tried typing in 'Matt Watkinson tutorial' into google?

No?

Thought not, or else you'd have seen this:

http://is-is.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=53757878124

Posted by: Synesthesia Nov 17 2009, 08:54 AM

QUOTE(lovely09 @ Nov 17 2009, 09:17 AM) *
Additionally,find the best angle for your car.Taking photos of your car is much great with the best tools like camera and your passion.


Someone ban this troll.

Posted by: GFWilliams Jan 24 2010, 09:25 AM

Some may find this useful - I just got forwarded it from a client:

http://www.diyphotography.net/take-cool-car-photos-with-a-diy-specialized-car-rig

Posted by: Marius Jul 6 2010, 12:29 PM

i think that this link will help you

http://manfrottoschoolofxcellence.com/2009/08/05/lesson-1-how-to-shoot-cars-and-big-reflecting-objects-on-location/

Posted by: misnblu Oct 7 2010, 10:01 AM

Great links and lots of good info.
Now I need a good SLR to do what's possible.
Thanks for the great info.
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