5 Tips for better Car Photography

5 Tips for better Car Photography

I know – I messed up the focus on the video. Apologies.

Five quick tips on how to improve your results when photographing cars.
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Oliver Pohlmann from We Are SO Photo.

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malliking says:

Good and helpful video!
But what is your opinion on a polarizer to get rid of reflections? I used one for a car shoot and was very pleased with the results.
Greetings from Germany :)

yeaahhh.. broo thnkX 4 de tip

Arne Garvik says:

I just love to get real close with an extreme wide angel (not fisheye) and take pictures of details on the car… :)

Garry Quinn says:

you manual or aperture prority?

Id love to get your opinion on a car shoot I did! Possible?

Hello & thx for your advice. Any suggestions re. which lens to use for a good car shoot? Greetz from the land of Merc and Porsche. :-)

Thank you Alot!!!

Bayan1905 says:

I agree with getting low to the ground. I have been doing that for a while now and cars look so much better, it makes the car look bigger than it really is.

Team Shmo says:

Good tips. I think the main thing is to take the picture from an angle where no one looks at the car at normally. That is why lower shots or above shots look more interesting. The editing afterwards also plays a huge roll. 

Today I shall be practicing again…unfortunately the sunlight is extreme. Any tips for taking in bright midday sunlight? I have a basic Canon 450d :(

TinyTom says:

great tips i first watched this 2 years ago when i started to think more about photography and getting pictures that stand out, like such in my profile picture

Eloines says:

Having a hard time finding tips and tuts for indoor car shows. Car expos are never outside here, it's always inside some sort of arena with hideous little bright white LEDs spread across the ceiling. No way to get higher up either. Just a big concert type of hall with crowds.
My biggest problem was not waiting, but having people bump into me while I was waiting because I'm just so small when I sit down to get a low shot. Also plastic bags being swung in my face and whatever else people might drop. Plastic cups. 

Orihe says:

Great tips dude! Dont use a DSLR myself (gopro) but i can take on board some of the key points you mentioned, Cheers!

Sam Seelam says:

nice tips almost like a workflow..thanks

Kevin says:

I think dutch angles are overused in car photography. 

MyHotRodTV says:

Great video and tips. Thanks for sharing.

What lenses would you recommend?

jluuhalo1286 says:

Going to try your tips out on my car! Thank you for the tips been trying to take "good" car photos since I bought a DSLR! 

whats with all the dutch tilt on car pictures? do people think that looks good?

I don't know about you guys, but having the car a little blurred at the rear looks good some times imo

i agree with all of those except using a narrow aperture for whole car shots. Shooing wide open just helps to keep the car from being lost in the background especially a busy background like a car show/meet. If anything use a tripod and stack the aperture, take a car shot at like f5.6 then another at 2.8 or lower and use the open aperture for the background. If your focus is also on the front of the car lets say an FMIC and that is your focal point and you are shooting 1.8 the fact the the back 1/4 of the car begins to get out of focus will just further bring the attention to the focal point.

Q Cheung says:

Thanks for the sharing !

You should even out the audio levels on your video. It's extremely loud at the beginning and the end, and really quiet when you speak.

what if I was at a car meet and it was dark what the best settings to use as I've just got a new canon 50d and just getting to know it and most of the meets around where I am are at night time ????

Thank you for the tips.

Fantastic advice, thank you so much!! Do you have a Facebook page for your work? =)

Clicked because MR2.

Firth Laist says:

Was great to hear that this Photographer spent 20mins waiting for that opportune-moment…
Family and Friends HATE going on walks with me …I can't help myself stopping here and there, taking shoots …I forget myself, looking up to realise they're way, way ….waaaaay ahead of me.
I MUST learn to go out, WITHOUT other humans …HAHAHA!
It also good to know I'm NOT wasting my time, that patience IS part of the skill building.

Nice tips….

Have a cpl and move it

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