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How to Shoot Classic Cars with Character
By Deborah Sandidge
Here are a few tips and hints on photographing classic cars:
- Shoot low and level to the car, get in close and use a wide-angle lens. A wide-angle lens can create distortions that give more personality to your classic car subject.
- A polarizer can reduce unwanted reflections and let the beautiful car color shine through.
- Use a tripod, and shoot for HDR (high dynamic range) to capture maximum detail in the shadow and highlight areas.
- Vary your point of view, photographing not only the entire car, but also the fabulous details such as hood ornaments, taillights and fancy grillwork.
- Avoid undesirable background distractions, and that can be a challenge at a car show.
- Here's a hint: If you can't avoid distractions, try replacing the background in Photoshop, or blend it away using a blur effect.
- Are you up for a little fun in Photoshop? Change your car color using the Replace Color tool.
Have fun shooting!

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There's plenty of excitement at BetterPhoto as June gets under way! The next round of 4-week online classes begins this Wednesday, June 8th, and with many new or updated courses, this will be our best lineup of short classes yet! See the 4-week course schedule... ... June too soon? Check our July listing of 8-week photo courses... ... In this issue of SnapShot, check out the excellent new article by Lynne Eodice (Camera Metering Made Easy) and Photo Tip by Deb Sandidge (How to Shoot Classic Cars with Character). ... That's it for now. Have fun with your photography!    Kerry Drager   Newsletter Editor    Where is Jim Miotke? Follow BetterPhoto's founder and president on Twitter - BetterPhotoJim

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Photo Q&A

1: Which Brand for Lens Hood?
I'm in the market to get a hood for my Canon Rebel Xsi kit lens (18-55mm) and also one for the 55-250 lens that I own. I would rather not spend a lot of money on them as I don't plan to keep using the kit lens forever. However, I don't want a cheapie one that doesn't work properly or that's a pain to use. So what's a good middle-ground brand? Thanks!
- Samantha G. Robinson
Purchase the one sold by Canon that is designed for the lens. There are very few third-party manufacturers that make lens shades for the various cameras and lenses. Most of them are the screw-in type.
However, there are rubber lens hoods that I do use when using a CPL. This enables me to turn the polarizer and have a lens shade on at the same time. With the hard lens shade, it is troublesome to set the polarizer where needed and then reattach the lens hood. It screws into the front of the filter. The rubber lens shades do not give as much protection to the lens as the hard ones do. They, rubber, are also good for shooting through windows and aquariums. By placing, without squashing them, against the glass all the reflections in the glass are eliminated.
Do not pooh-pooh your "kit" lens. It is better and more useful than given credit for. The only lens I would replace it with is the 15-85mm.
- Lynn R. Powers
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