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That explains it then.

So the light needs to be a soft hue and not hit the model like a sledgehammer then.
 

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That's about it. If you think about my bathroom set up, all the light that hits the model is indirect, reflected from the white tiles on the walls. The model is uniformly lit and I don't get the flares.

With a light tent that is the effect you want, so you will have to move the lights around and dim them down with mylar. A good thing is to use them with a reflector, so that the light that hits the tent comes from the reflector and not the light bulb. If needed, you will have to shroud the reflector to make the light more soft.
 
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I've been doing some experimenting.

Not sure if I went backwards or forwards :giggle

These are only test pic, so excuse the size.

Let me know your thoughts.

I moved everything back, just to get an idea of what I was doing, but I think with a little more adjusting I may be cooking with hot vegetable oil.

Atleast the lighting is a little more uniform per Luciaons suggestions.
 

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The red came out very nice, as I have trouble taking pics of red cars, also darrick try having some fun with sunlight, as Felix knows it works well.

Looking forward to more of your photos darrick.

:cheers
 
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I'll try some sunlight, just that we have not had any in a while :lol

I need to put everything together that you guys have helped me on and see what the final pictures come out as.
 

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Darrick, the front of the car is a bit over-exposed. Are you just throwing a sheet of mylar over the lamp that is pointed directly at the car or is it pointed to a reflector that iluminates the car (with mylar over the lamp and reflector)?
 
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Those pics were takien with the lamps just moved back, I didn't cover them up or anything.

I will cover the lights up and see what type of effect I get.

I do feel like I am making progress. Before I thought the lighting and the camera needed to be closer than a 1' to take the pics :lol
 
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With all the help you guys were giving me, my pics were only getting marginally better. After reading some of the tutorials, I realized a 2MP camera wasn't going to do it as I was having to work to hard just to marginal results.

So last night about 3AM, I got up out of bed and journeyed over to Wal Mart to look at cameras :giggle

I picked up one that was on clearance, a 5MP for $118, its a Vivatar 5385. I thought it would be a POS as it was mighty cheap for 5MP.

Here are some pics without me even setting up any lighting or being experienced with it features.

Interior




I am a firm believer the more MP, the better quality pictures you can get, even if the camera is cheap :lol
 

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Okay Darrick, please tell us who you paid to take those photos. j/k! The interior shot is awesome! The features are well lit up but not overexposed. There also aren't dark shadows. What a great shot! The exterior photo is also very good. I say that because (1) silver is a tough colour to photograph (2) you don't have any nasty glare spots off the front left fender.

When you go all the way from 2Mpix to 4+ Mpix, the difference will be obvious. Anymore pixels than that may you yield you significantly better photos because we're all compressing them down to <60kb. But I bet the camera imager is much better technology than that of your 2Mpix camera's. Happy clicking!
 

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Friends,
For sure the new cam is a better cam than the old one.
What I want to say is that the MP are not so important as you are saying, specialy if we talk about pics to be viewed at computers, via internet.
More important than the MP are the camera lenses - with a good range of F-stops and shutter speed.
You will only need a higher megapixel camera if you want to print the pics with quality. Thats the only reason to have a cam with higher resolution.
I believe that a camera with manual mode will allow much better pics than with the auto mode.
I use a Sony F717, with Carl Zeiss lenses, that has 5 MP. It is a very good camera and all of my pics are made with the manual mode. I can produce the amount of light that I like without making it after, with photoshop. And the more important of all, if you have the manual mode option, you can have the best depth of field at the image if you close the apperture - higher f-stop and compensate it with the lower speed as the situation needs, and for that you will need a tripoid or something to hold the camera.
I prefer a softer light than most of you, but this is a question of personal taste.
Anyway, with a good light you can use the higher F-stop possible,and that, as I said, allows a better DOF.
:cheers
 
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