52 Week Photographic Challenge - Week 37 - Cars

September 10, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Week 37 - CarsWeek 37 - Cars This week your challenge is to photograph a car creatively. I was thinking planes, trains and automobiles, but I think we shall just stick with the automobiles. 

By creatively, I want you to capture the design, detail and essence of the car, not just a picture of a car. 

Here are a few tips to get you started.  Think location, without distractions.  Wherever it is, make sure the vehicle is the centre of attention, you don’t want the location stealing the lime light from you subject.  Also consider how the surroundings relate to the colour of your car and that the tones in the shot compliment each other.  Maybe head to the top level of a car park or to the industrial part of town amongst warehouses, or maybe the crest of a hill with a beautiful landscape behind.

If possible try and shoot late afternoon to avoid harsh brightness of the midday sun, which can cause problems with not so good reflections.

Think angles.  Try and exploit different angles and vantage points when photographing your car.  Don’t just shoot from eye level; shooting from a lower perspective can give the car a more beefier, menacing look.  Experiment and see what works best for you.

Don’t forget the details. Such as bodywork shapes and lines, grills, wheel structures and manufacturers badges.  The interior could be extra special and well worth shooting also.

You may want to practice your panning technique and have the moving car in focus and the background blurred.  This is ideal if you are spending time at the car races.

Now find your subject and go out there and have a go at producing a gorgeous automobile shot.  Use your imagination and above all, enjoy yourself and have fun.  I can’t wait to see what you come up with.  


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