Car Show Photography Tips

we’re Chelsea and Tony Northrop and we’re going to photograph a car show so we’re at the Ocean Beach car show and as I had expected it’s very busy there are people in front of all of the cars so one thing I like to do is just focus on the details what make a car beautiful and take close-up shots so I see a grill on this truck that I like so I’ll zoom in on that and get a close-up picture another thing to consider when you’re taking chef is that the cars are all really reflective so you won’t probably wear dark clothing so that you’re not so visible on your own pictures the reflection seen in cars can often be a huge distraction but with a bit of creativity you can make them a focal point oh this car has a beautiful grill this would make a good close-up picture if there are a lot of people around I suggest just waiting for people clear out they usually move and then you can get your shot this car actually has a pretty clean background so if I’m patient and I wait for people to clear out I might be able to get it nice enough so that I could go in later into Photoshop and just clone out any distractions so any camera work for car shows including even a smartphone but for me I like to grab a camera that has its own key screen this lets me get down low or hold it up high I can lean out over into a car engine bay and point it down for interesting angles that’s my next tip is get down nice and low get close to your subject and use force perspective and use this to make a wheel seem nice and fat gorgeous car I also let you lean out a little bit without touching their car for a lot of types of photography you don’t want hard light you want soft light for car show I like the Sun to be out no clouds I even like to be high in the sky cuz I like to work those reflections I like to find the glare and the cars one thing I don’t like is to use a polarizing filter polarizing filters cut glare but I want that reflection and I glare if the Sun is lower in the sky long shadows could ruin your shots they might also make your shot recover composition in chapter 2 of sending digital photography but a quick tip to use symmetry symmetry makes cars seem more powerful so I’ll get down low and put myself right in the middle of the car Center myself perfectly on it I’ll usually just use the standard kit lens but a fisheye lens can be really fun too and they’re not that expensive fisheye lenses turn straight lines into curved lines and let you get super close and just fill the frame with a subject so for this engine bail turn on my fisheye here and get nice and tight inside if you do use a fisheye you get a get really close to your subject or everything seems real far away think about what your subject of the photo is because your subject isn’t just a car subject is the part of the car some aspect of the car that you really like that can be a crease in the car or a line can be the big fat tires on a race car but in a car show it’s almost never the entire car because there be too many distractions so if you see a car that catches your eye think about what about that car caught your eye helps a study car design a little bit so you can really appreciate the parts of a car that make it beautiful you are shooting in bright sunlight you’re going to deal with high contrast you might have really bright reflections but then the engine bay will be completely dark this is a perfect time to rack it and use HDR techniques your camera smartphone might have an HDR mode you can use that or check chapter 11 and stunning photography for bracketing techniques this just lets you show book the shadows and the highlights I also like to include the Sun in my photos makes a really cool focal point and can pull the eye away from all the people and distractions in the background I love them cars and moving and cars at car shows are still but you can add some visual movement to it by putting a Dutch tilt on the picture just tilting the picture a little bit so here is just a straight picture of a car and here it is with just a little Dutch tail that deliberate ultis makes a picture a little more interesting and adds a little movement to it what a view of a car 435 remains to shoot about you got to get the exhaust and you know you got to get those taillights heydon’t done good this car is gone I wanted to show the similarity of the dice on the door lock and the mirror but when I focus on the door the mirror without a focus because of shallow depth-of-field to solve that I switch the camera to aperture priority mode chose a higher f-stop of f11 and focused between the two dice the most striking feature of this modified Thunderbird was the long back end to find the best way to capture it I started low and moved my camera higher I also zoomed in tight you want to learn more about photography we have a whole book on that called stunning digital photography you get it on Amazon don’t forget to subscribe to our channel we’re always making more videos and you can 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