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Hi Everyone,

A couple of people asked me how to make up images like the one I posted in the Welcome/Introductions section a few weeks back (like the pic below). So I've put together a short photoshop tutorial to help you add a little Action to your slot car pics! Hope you all understand it... If you get stuck, just ask and I'll do my best to help out!




Click the link below to view the tutorial

http://www.slotcarracing.co.uk/tutorials/motion-blur.html

Have fun guys & gals


Justin a.k.a. The Nobes
 

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Hi MK2-Escort,

Glad you like the pics


I produced them using Photoshop7, but the tools I use are very basic tools which are definitely available in version 6, and I'm pretty sure version 5 and below will have them too


It is possible to produce the same kind of effect with Paint Shop Pro, but the method used to get there would be a little different


Cheers

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Hi Justin,

Ahhh so you're the culprit, I was going to purchase the URL (slotracer.co.uk) but you beat me to it.


Excellent tutorial by the way, superbly presented and more importantly, easy to follow, showing great results too.


Can't wait to see your website up and running, will keep my eyes peeled for the announcement, good luck with the work.

All the best, Jamie.
 

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Hi All,

Glad you liked the tutorial


Let me know if there's any other photoshop things like me to write a tutorial on

I have a few things in mind, but if you have anything specific feel free to make suggestions.

Sorry about the domain name Jamie ;-) I'll keep you posted on the site though. We should be opening pretty soon... I'm just trying to balance my day job with setting up the online shop! Too many things to do and not enough time... Arrrgghhhh....

Cheers

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Hi Justin,

I was just wondering if you have ever attempted the following lighting effect, as demonstrated below, using Photoshop?



I have tried a few times with mixed results, I just wondered if you know of any shortcut/tips to achieve this type of effect?

I believe this type of photography was used in an old Scalextric catalogue way back in '82 & it looked superb. I just wondered if there is a sneaky/inexpensive way of producing the effect without resorting to an SLR, and lots of wasted film.


Cheers, Jamie.
 

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Hi Jamie,

I personally haven't tried it, but... I'm 100% certain it is possible. It may have to be done by blending a series of images together...

I'll have a go and see if I can come up with something... but off the top of my head I think what I'd have to do is find a suitable nightime shot taken using an SLR of a real street/race track with a suitable straight length of blured lighting that I could be super imposed onto the Slot Car Pic.


It would then be pretty easy to enhance any other actual lighting on the slot car pic to give the desired atmosphere using standard photoshop effects like lens flares etc.

Otherwise, it would be a case of using an SLR to take the pic


I'll see if I can get my digital camera to take a decent night time shot of my set up and have a play


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bit late to reply (only saw this post cos I am hunting reindeer), but I have seen a pic of a slot car done with a slow shutter & presumably slr to give the light streaks, but it gave a different effect: because of the leds and rectified current, the leds with his set up were basically falshing at 50hz (too quick to see) but in the blurred trail of lights, you got lots of photon torpedoes insted of a long line as in that pic. Sorry but I don't know where i saw the pic, but don't go spending loads of money on an slr just for that shot!
 

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You don't need to burn a fortune on a rinky dink SLR to play with time exposures. You could probably get yourself one of the old bomb proof Russian Zeniths or German Praktica cameras in the 'Articles for Sale' section of most local papers for a few quid. Make sure on the shutter speed dial it has a setting of "B", get a cable release too, make sure the camera ain't jogged when you fire it and away you go.

And if you shut down the aperture you'll get more of that starburst effect on static pinpoints of light. Which you may, or may not like.

Still got to burn some film to experiment with though.
 
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