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Jon 08-20-2008 02:51 PM

Motorcar Photography Tips
 
I was just alerted to the existence of this comprehensive article on photographing automobiles, written by Curt Scott of CobraCountry.com: Automobile/Motorcar Photography.

Someone who knows more than I do about photography might be able to offer more insight, but, from what I've seen, this is a solid resource. There's also a condensed 1-page PDF version available here: Condensed Automobile/Motorcar Photography PDF.

rcreechssr 10-27-2008 05:39 AM

Excellent
 
:thumbup: Wow, this is really good. Now I understand why some of my pictures just don't "pop". Wish I had this years ago. Thanks for posting the one page how to.

Irelands child 10-27-2008 07:17 AM

For me - it's been "Thanks for Photoshop" to make car pictures work out nicely. Thanks for the article. I copied the 'short version' and bookmarked the long one for later

Dave W

Filmjay 12-05-2008 01:52 AM

I found this thread and thought I'd add a few little tidbits....

I've worked in film and TV production for 12 years as a Lighting Designer and Tech. I'm also a former Lighting Director for Horsepower TV and TRUCKS...among other shows. I've lit cars for catalogs and ads for Year One, Royal Purple, Banks Engineering, Edelbrock, Bully Dog Performance, Skyjacker, multiple feature cars, and more...lighting cars for TV and photography is my profession.

The tips posted are great if you're photographing to sell your car or just taking snapshots.

But, if you want a frameable, calendar/poster worthy photo of your car there are a few things you'll need in addition to just your camera and knowing where the sun is...

#1 - Poster board. The pros have 4'x8' sheets of material called "foam core" that is used to manipulate reflections, ambient light, and shadows. A couple pieces of drug store poster board can be used to the same effect.

#2 - extra shop lights. Used in conjunction with the poster board, you can get good results by playing with the angles. Plus, I've lit more engine bays with flashlights than I can count...to REALLY great effect. HAHA!

#3 - water. a wet concrete floor or driveway gives a good contrast and some nice, desirable reflections. Especially with those extra shop lights. ;)

Personally, I like to shoot at dusk or at night. The "golden hour" at dusk, just after the sun sets but before it gets dark is ideal. Though, I prefer to shoot at night or a darkened studio when light is much more controllable.
I also generally don't use digital, but can. I can also utilize Photoshop for any need or idea. But, film gives a warmer and more true color, in my opinion. Though there are many film professionals that will argue that point, especially with the newer high megapixel cameras. (10+ megapixels)

There is a LOT more that you'd need really, but for the guy in his garage or driveway, those few items would work wonders. :) Play with it...it's fun. See what you can come up with.
Also, if anyone is interested in professional lighting/photography of their special project, please feel free to contact me.

-Filmjay

ema 09-04-2009 08:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jon
I was just alerted to the existence of this comprehensive article on photographing automobiles, written by Curt Scott of CobraCountry.com: Automobile/Motorcar Photography.

Someone who knows more than I do about photography might be able to offer more insight, but, from what I've seen, this is a solid resource. There's also a condensed 1-page PDF version available here: Condensed Automobile/Motorcar Photography PDF.


Hello there. i can't say that I am a popular photog. Although, I can confidently say that I am really fond of looking at such. Well, you might as well view car wallpapers so you'd have idea on what artists do. This will surely give you an idea of the technique they're doing and stuffs.


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