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Ideas on pics of boys with their hot-rods

I will be taking pics of my teenage son with his mustang. I was wondering if anyone had any unique ideas. I also have an older son that has a monte-carlo and would like to take a few pics of both cars and boys together. I have seen the typical senior portrait pics with cars and im looking for something a little different and unique.

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10/12/2005 9:40:42 AM

Antony Burch
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/23/2005
  Amanda, I take alot of pics of cars, classic american being my favourite, if you want a shot of the car + owner get them to pose standing near the drivers door maybe with the door open, use a set of diy type steps and climb up to get a higher perspective, this allows you to include the whole car and owner, as your pointing the camera down you can lose ant distracting background horizon and sky. or shoot from a very low angle with the widest angle lens you have and get close + maybe a little fill flash, gives a different perspective than the one people expect to see in car pictures.

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10/12/2005 12:08:18 PM

Brenda  D. 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/27/2005
  Amanda, I have a Cokin filter called a radial zoom, its kina cheesy but teens and little kids love the effect,:)

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10/12/2005 6:32:29 PM

Pete H
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/9/2005
  Hello Amanda;

Guys & their cars..One has to consider what these two words conjur.
Power, muscle, pride..braggin' rights etc....

Now I can't give you ALL possible pose ideas, but here is one "they" may like.

Allow them to sit, cross legged on the hood of the car...close to the windshield or close to the forward edge..Try both. Have them fold their arms as this is "defensive" body language..and why not?..are not us guys defensive and protective of our cars? LOL

Next..Using a wide angle lens..capture the auto's grill with the badge AND the person sitting on the car.

1) From a low angle
2) High angle
3) Vertical format
4) Sun just peeking from behind their shoulder or directly behind the head.."backlit"
5) Hood open..closed.
6) Pan & Scan for a blurred sense of speed.
7) False color

I hope you see, there are MANY ways to capture this, but in essence, you are trying to capture the "feeling" not only of the car, but how the person feels and reacts to their car.

Final thought: Look at some auto might get a few ideas.

Happy Shooting,


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10/12/2005 9:18:09 PM

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