Thats a great start! The only thing is like you said, you need to find a better location with less background clutter and the lighting on the car is not to great, try to find even lighting. What type of camera and lens?
since your car is dark, i would have turned the headlights off, shoot it a little brighter, and then contrast it up in photoshop. But it's tuff to decide between overexposed headlights/underexposed car...
Another way to control the star effect that you are seeing in the picture is to lower your ISO. I didn't see the ISO setting on your list of....settings but I'm willing to bet that a lower ISO would really help. Lower the ISO and up the shutter speed a bit and you should be good.
Also you can adjust you apature or f/stop. Setting smaller apertures will create and exaggerate the star-like radiating shafts of light that can appear to emanate from small points of light in a scene. These flares are actually caused buy the number of leaves that make up the diaphragm of the lens. An eight leave lens will produce an eight tipped star. So for sharp lights use the lowest f/stop like a 2-5. For more of a star look like what you have above use a f/16 or higher. Lastly make sure you are not using any UV filters at night. The light passing between the UV glass and the lens glass will create unwanted reflections. Just my .02 cents of over doing it/rambling while tipsy on the 31st when it comes to night shots. haha.
wait till i get my Canon EOS-400D... lol... all the pics are gonna be sooo freakin cool from that camera... :lol: :lol: :klavergreg:
Got the same camera. Yes, the pics from it will be good BUT. You will still need to do post processing. I would suggest shooting in RAW so you can play with your ISO's, apature, and shutter speeds after the fact. Just got some new lenses for mine. The kit lens will get you going and provide great shots. Just remember with the XTi or any pro-sumer camera, you gotta work for those really good shots!
Either way, get the XTi, you'll love it and good luck!
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I have the Canon Powershot A80... When I use the lowest ISO setting, it does the same thing. It's the amount of exposure that I give it. More exposure would produce the more glare/star effect.
I had it up pretty high.
Thanks again for all the help and comments!
Well remember that your Exposure settings wont have as much affect of the flares as your apature will.
Oh and as for pics of my car with the camera....there are some floating around the forums. Here is a macro I did today with a little lens trick I learned.
Here is a somewhat close up of a lighter. No touch-ups done.
Here is even closer.
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