If you’ve ever tried taking photos of a car, you know it’s more complicated than it initially seems. With our top 6 tips on car photography, you can turn your average photos into gorgeous masterpieces.
1. Take advantage of nature
If you have a classic car or muscle car and it’s just stationary in a driveway, and the trash can, recycle bin and your neighbors fence is in the background, there’s nothing attractive about it. The most memorable images involve a car interacting with nature. It could be near a river, parked on gravel or even going up a steep hill.
2. Use the Rule of Thirds
If you’re a beginner, this is like a cheat sheet. Centralizing your car will make it seem… ordinary. However, aligning it up or down or a little to the right or left area of the photo will create more interest and tension.
3. Be Wary of Reflections
If your car is shiny and tends to reflects, you should be careful of what reflection shows up on your car. Ideally, there shouldn’t be a reflection of anything that can detract from the car itself. This includes buildings, trees and other people (including you). Wear dark clothing and take pictures from creative angles that will benefit from reflections. The car is the focus, so don’t allow for any distractions.
4. Exploit Angles
Don’t just stick to eye level photos. Take photos from different vantage points and angles so you can get the best look. You can shoot from a moving car—as long as you’re very careful—or just above the ground.
5. Consider lighting
It’s always best to use natural lighting where possible. The best time to take advantage of this is during sunrise and sunset. If you have to use artificial lights, though, set up your lights one by one so you don’t use too much or too little.
6. Use a decent camera
Smartphone cameras have improved significantly over the past few years. However, they still have tons of limitations. You shouldn’t expect world-class photos from mediocre lens. At the least, get an affordable DSLR. This will give you virtually limitless options, from taking photos of a moving car to capturing low-light conditions perfectly.
Take a look at some of our pics below.