Hemmings has provided some tips on how to photograph your car, what do you think?
It pays to be able to take good pictures of your car, whether you’re planning to sell it or you’re purchasing insurance for it or you simply want to show off your pride and joy on an online forum. Yet we hear car owners time and time again tell us that they can never take a good picture of their car, no matter how hard they try, so we got our own Richard Lentinello to offer some basic tips on shooting your car for the latest episode of Hemmings TV, check it out.
A few tips that have helped me take better pictures at car shows:
Tip #1: Do not take photographs with the hoods raised. Many owners like to display the cleanliness or sparkling chrome underneath, but that’s not the best way to photography a vehicle because it breaks up the car’s lines. Car guys love their cars; so just ask the owner if they would close the hood so you can take a photograph.
Tip #2: It’s a good idea to remove show placards such as the identification cards placed on the dash or under the windshield wiper. Ask the owner before touching any part of his or her car! It’s best to have them do it, so ask politely.
Tip #3: Be sure to take images of parts of cars. Don’t be frustrated by the lack of space and crowded conditions found at shows. Use that to your advantage by finding small details, such as a grille or the lines of a street rod’s fender and capture them in sharp focus.
Tip #4: Get close to the car. Begin by working in close and gradually back off until extraneous non-car details or people start to appear in the frame. Make sure your wide angle/zoom lens allows close focusing.
Tip #5: Explore unconventional views of the car. Tilt the camera to provide a dynamic image. It is crowded at most car shows (although they are some of the most polite people you will find anywhere), so it makes it almost impossible to use a tripod so I seldom bring one.
Tips #6: Dress for success. Dress comfortably and wear the kind of clothing you won’t be afraid to get dirty when trying to get an interesting camera angle. For outdoor shows, be sure to wear a hat to keep the sun off your head and be sure to wear sunscreen
Tip #7: Take advantage of the best light, get to the show early and stay late. As cars began to leave, space opens up allowing you to photograph entire cars as well as some of the environment.
Tip #8: When photographing cars late in the day, ask the owner to turn on the parking lights to add a subtle glow to the side marker, taillights, and turn signals.
Tip #9: Apart from your camera and a good wide-angle zoom lens, the most important thing to bring to a car show is lots of memory cards. You never know when you’ll get that once-in-a-lifetime chance to photograph a rare or exotic automobile.
Hope these help you…
Those are all really good tips, some that I hadn't thought of.
I am just a novice at photographing cars, but I am starting to get better, in my headlight restoration business I have to take before & after photo's of the car & truck headlights or the whole front clip of the vehicles lights that I restore, but my old camera broke and lately I've had to use my phone, any one know where I can get a good little digital camera CHEAP!
I'm also starting to show improvement in editing. But anyway I think these tips will help me a lot.
Thanks for the info guy's!