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Tips and tricks for taking good pictures

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Sorry if this is the wrong forum but do you guys have any ideas on how to take good pictures of moving cars with a mobile phone? And do you also have tips on how to take pictures as discretely as possible? I tend to get blurry pictures and ended up missing a car from Dubai today!

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Hi!

Taking good pictures of moving cars with a mobile phone is quite difficult! As the zoom is often terrible on phones, you can't have decent pics of moving cars... From my part, I only have acceptable pics when the car is close to me (without zoom), when the car is slow/stopped (like near traffic lights), and when the light is OK (forget it when it's the night!) Which phone do you have? You should also take pictures in "landscape" mode (horizontally) rather than vertically! If you want to keep on spotting cars and plates, the best solution is to buy a camera, though!

About discretion tips, I think we are all experts on this :D What I usually do if I see an interesting car/plate and someone is around, I wait some meters further, acting like I'm waiting for someone else or looking for something... If the people stay, I try to take a shot as fast as possible... You stay near the car pretending you're on your phone writing a message or surfing on the web, then you suddenly open your camera and take a quick shot! Depending where you are, you can also pretend you're taking a pic of the landscape or the buildings behind the car (this technique works well in Switzerland :D )

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It might depend on the attitude of the country's citizens, but my experience is that people don't care about others' cars :D In Hungary, they either don't notice it, or think that you're issuing parking tickets. Thought with a camera, you can zoom from a large distance (if the owner is around or in the car), and still get a good-quality photo. :)

In addition to what Helvetics wrote, I recommend downloading IrfanView, which is an excellent free program for cropping, rotating, resizing photos and improving the colors!

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The best solution for taking photos of moving cars is to get camera with decent analog zoom ( lenses that do the zooming physically, rather than digital zoom which just crops the photo) and megapixels (so you can crop the car out of a bigger photo and keep good quality).

As for discreteness, I usually don't photograph if there is somebody standing close to the car and I also try to judge if nearby people might be related to the car. If both are ticked as clear I go for it! If you have a camera with good zoom it also helps to stand further away from the car.

It's also best if you look calm and like you're not really hiding anything when taking photos to lower suspicion. You shouldn't worry about it, but I think a lot of us had to get over worrying in the beginning!

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Thanks for the tips guys! I shall keep all those in mind.

 

I have a Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, doesn't have the best camera in the market but it's good enough. As much as I'd like to buy a camera it does tend to be bulky and unnecessary for my daily life and they are quite expensive here too. Given that from what I see some people here find it weird seeing someone take pictures of a car and especially if it's not something unusual, I value your tips for discretion a lot! As for the worrying part, my main worry is to get a decent picture, not so much for the suspicion. It's often times I take a quick photo of a car only to find out that the quality is poor.

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I also have a little advice at your discretion, if you have a car, you take pictures in your car if you have one.
Earlier, when I was doing photos on the street, people wonder what happens sometimes and sometimes remind me in the villages.

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