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#Prescott Car Show #7 Mostly Orange
Today is mishmash day in this series of car show photos. I will also address techniques I’ve learned for taking more professional looking car show photos – or sometimes in my case – what not to do.
Look don’t touch
It’s always a good idea to take CLEAR pictures of the identification cards or record shots. In this case, I was just browsing not photographing a car show professionally. They had attached the card by placing it under the windshield wiper. Since the owner was not present, I couldn’t touch the car to get a better view. If you get too close, you could scratch it with your coat zipper or an extra camera. Vince estimated that it was a late 1930s Plymouth.
Take a record shot
My dad always told me to take pictures of signs if there were any. There weren’t any signs on this car that I saw, but I had never heard of a Henry J car, so I took the picture. I could have straightened the sign a little, but I liked the tilt.
How do you treat photos that might be better uncropped when you meet the criteria of the square’s challenge?
My Canon Rebel EOS XTIi camera may have a way to shoot a square picture, but I haven’t found it. These photos are all squared in Photoshop Elements 15, which I was fortunate enough to be able to load back into my new computer because I saved the serial number.
The conservationist part of me hates to cut either back or front ends. Who knows which is most important? In the case of this first photo, I decided mostly by size and proliferation of color in the front. The interest in the split front window also influenced my decision. Besides, I already had a picture of the back.
When I crop car pictures, or even focus on a smaller part of the car, I’ve learned that closer is better. I loved the ghosted Plymouth name on the side of the car. Because I got so close to the car, in the crop I had to eliminate some of the other decorative painting when I squared it.
Of course, you can’t get a picture of the entire car in a super close up shot. In this picture the entire painted section shows up. As pretty as the painting is, if I hadn’t taken the close up shot, I would have missed the ghost painting.
I got lucky on this photo and didn’t have to chop anything. The poles annoy me a little. If this was a professional photo I’d get rid of it. In Photoshop and Elements 2021 it is easy to get rid of poles, but I haven’t tried it in Elements 15. The sky is beautiful in this picture because of the direction in which I took the picture. If it hadn’t been, there are quick edits in the 2021 Photoshop Elements program to quickly change it.
In this photo I decided that the detail in the 56 Chevy door was more important than having two headlights in the square. I wanted to keep both front bumperettes in the picture, and it worked out perfectly.
I love woodies. This old surfer dude dressed to go perfectly with his car. His expression and the fact that he was busy with his other admirers, made me decide not to stay and chat. In the case of the second picture, I decided that the door was not important.
Eliminating Unwanted Background
I opened with this 1953 Henry J. It had one of more interesting paint jobs at the Prescott Car Show. It also had the unlucky spot of sitting next to the porta-potty.
You probably have similar edits in the processing programs you use. I used the Guided Section Fun Edits of Photoshop Elements 15, to eliminate unwanted background with a paintbrush and some texturing.
Canva will eliminate all the background like I did on my Zombie Van photo two days ago, but it also eliminated part of my watermark. I tried unsuccessfully to fix it afterwards in Photoshop Elements. I could have started over, and if anyone wants to buy this picture, I’ll go to the effort of making it perfect! LOL