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Hard to say, the red background is a bit too bright I think, but the car doesn't stand out enough on the black background. Perhaps a slightly darker red backdrop would be perfect??? :confused :cheers
 

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SM, your photos are amazing!!

in my opinion, the black background is the better of the 2.

BTW, what are your backgrounds made of?
 
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The dark bg gets my vote. It's attractive and doesn't draw attention to itself and away from your subject. Great pics. :cheers
 

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Ronan said:
Hard to say, the red background is a bit too bright I think, but the car doesn't stand out enough on the black background. Perhaps a slightly darker red backdrop would be perfect??? :confused :cheers
I think you're right Ronan. The red is too vibrant and draws attention away from the model itself. This blue paint has always been a challenge for me to illuminate well. At first, I thought the red might help bring out some of the small bits of red on the car (like the stripes, tow hook and mirror). Not such luck!

Thanks for your honest feedback and constructive critique. :cheers :cheers
 

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Jelorian said:
SM, your photos are amazing!!

in my opinion, the black background is the better of the 2.

BTW, what are your backgrounds made of?
Thanks for your encouraging words Jel. As you can tell, I like to experiment with my digicam. :happy Sometimes things work, other times not. It's all part of learning as I see it.

The backgrounds are glossy bristolboards. I bought them from a local arts supplies store for ~$4. You just have to be careful not to crease them by accident. Creases really stick out like a sore thumb in pictures! :crying
 

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StygianMax said:
Hard to choose because this shot is simply AMAZING!!!! :drool :danbanna

Then again, the last shot kicks major butt....

WAHHHHH!!!! I can't make up my mind! :crying
Remember you saying about your challenge in photographing blue cars?? I have the same issue as you! :lol :lol I might just have to try natural sunlight somewhere. I'm just not sure how I'm going to reduce those reflected sunspots though. :confused

You're too kind with your compliments Souky! :lol :cheers :cheers
 

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TMD96 said:
The dark bg gets my vote. It's attractive and doesn't draw attention to itself and away from your subject. Great pics. :cheers
Thanks for your thoughts Tom. The black is sort of "neutral" and ultimately doesn't compete with the colours of the car. It's lighting up this blue paint that's the main challenge for me. Still a head-scratcher for me... :confused :confused
 

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in my opinion the red background drowns the color of the car and seems to bring out the metalflake in the paint, which in turn gives the car a toy-like look. The black background, definately has an artistic touch and gives the blue a neutral backdrop that's needed to bring out positive details.
 

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Blitz said:
in my opinion the red background drowns the color of the car and seems to bring out the metalflake in the paint, which in turn gives the car a toy-like look. The black background, definately has an artistic touch and gives the blue a neutral backdrop that's needed to bring out positive details.
That's a really good observation! I sensed something was a little strange about the shots against the red background but couldn't put my finger on it. You're quite right about the reflections of the metallic flecks. I'm trying to narrow down what the cause of the problem is. :confused Maybe it's the closeness of the light source to the car during the photoshoot?

Anyway, there's also an overall reddish hue that reflects off against the car which distorts the true colour of the blue.

Here's an exmaple of how a glossy background can reflect light (and its colour) to distort the true colour of a car:



I think I'm going to try shooting the Loctite car against white or gray and see how that turns out. There's still lots for me to learn about matching backgrounds to cars depending on their colour and glossiness of paint.
 

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Ronan said:
Hard to say, the red background is a bit too bright I think, but the car doesn't stand out enough on the black background. Perhaps a slightly darker red backdrop would be perfect??? :confused :cheers
I think you're right Ronan. The red is too vibrant and draws attention away from the model itself. This blue paint has always been a challenge for me to illuminate well. At first, I thought the red might help bring out some of the small bits of red on the car (like the stripes, tow hook and mirror). Not such luck!

Thanks for your honest feedback and constructive critique. :cheers :cheers
No problem Felix!!! It is tough to find a background suitable for all colours. I've been using a light blue background for some time as you have undoubtably noticed! But I have been thinking of some alternative colours for a change. Red is nice but it can be overpowering. I love black but it tends to swallow a car unless it is very brightly painted. I'm sure you will hit on just the right one if you keep experimenting as we all do of course! (Or else you could just take it into the bathroom as Richard tends to do!!! :lol :lol :lol :wink ) :cheers
 
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Here's an exmaple of how a glossy background can reflect light (and its colour) to distort the true colour of a car:

And I honestly think that's part of the "charm" of this shot. :nicejob :cheers

I'm no expert or an artist, but I find shots like these interesting & quite fun to look at. When I look at pics, it's not just the vehicle that draws me in, but also the style and/or creativity of the shots.
 

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Getter 3 said:
StygianMax said:
Here's an exmaple of how a glossy background can reflect light (and its colour) to distort the true colour of a car:

And I honestly think that's part of the "charm" of this shot. :nicejob :cheers

I'm no expert or an artist, but I find shots like these interesting & quite fun to look at. When I look at pics, it's not just the vehicle that draws me in, but also the style and/or creativity of the shots.
Thanks Souky for having an open mind as you looked at my crazy picture. The funny thing is that everytime I look at it, I can't help but think "I want chocolate milk!". :lol :lol It also looks like my Loctite car just came out from a bath in chocolate milk. The background is actually a copper colour but I had use PS to desaturate the colour a bit. It still doesn't do anything for the car though. I just chalk it up as a learning experience. :giggle
 
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