TIPS TO ENHANCE CAR PHOTOS BEFORE PHOTOSHOP
Car photo-shoots are interesting, it shows you how cars can interact with several things. Call it science or whatever but every time a picture of a car is taken, it teaches you a different thing always.
Unfortunately, not everyone is skilled and equipped with the technical know-how of this interesting niche in the world of photography. Here are some tips to help you enhance your car photos.
- Choose the best time of the day for your photos: As cliché as this sounds, it is one of the biggest mistakes that photographers make during photo-shoots. The best time for taking car pictures is some minutes before sunrise or after sunset. This is where the functionality of the tripod comes in. You can get a perfect soft light on the paint with a tripod.
- Watch out for reflections: Reflections on the car matter a lot. Scan your environment and check out what reflects on the surface of the car when you are close to it. A new shiny car is nothing less than a mirror. It is always important to have an open space such as a field. For instance, you may want to avoid trees or buildings behind you. After all, the design lines of the car (the curves) are what you intend to capture and reflections can ruin the ‘curves’. However, this means that you should avoid including your reflection by mistake. If you cannot avoid self-reflection, put the camera on the tripod and set a timer for the photo. What you want to see is a mini-reflection of the horizon in the car.
- Driving shots: It is super cool to shoot a car from another moving car. Nonetheless, this is meant for professional photographers alone. You can shoot the car from the window while you drive at a speed of 40 miles per hour. The shutter speed of the camera should be one-hundredth of a second. This yields a result showing the movement of the car on the wheels and the road. You may take the risk of decreasing the shutter speed. But this may reduce the sharpness of the resulting images.
- Car color: With different light, different types of car paint will react in various ways at different times of the day. But in direct sunlight, some colors work exceptionally well.
- Background: The car and the theme must be in consonance with the background. This means that you should avoid distractions in the background that may reduce your focus. Best killers of good pictures are powerlines, dustbins, and other cars. For instance, a yellow Aston Martin requires a simple background with little streaks of yellow paint.
- Allow the car to interact with nature: When the car interacts with the surroundings, the photo speaks volumes. A perfect example is a car which makes dust while climbing an obstacle on high speed.
- Shooting at night: This is daunting but it gives birth to amazing and awesome pictures. The trick is to select dark spots with overhead streetlights or a full moon. Then, place the camera on a tripod. The aperture should be f/9 with a shutter speed of about 30 seconds and ISO of 100. As soon as the shutter opens, use a strong constant source of light and ‘paint’ the car with the light along a circle. A flashlight is a good substitute for this. There is no specific rule, different methods yield different results and effects.
Finally, with the tips listed above, having the best car photos would no longer be a problem for even an inexperienced photographer.