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Gord MacEachern
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Shooting Photos of Cars


Hi all,
I was asked to take a few pics of a friend's muscle car. The car is navy blue with black stripes. I have about 2 acres of lawn, and it backs up to a pond and bush. I have a Canon Rebel with a Sigma 18-200 and a Canon 17-85 lens. What conditions, time, etc., would be best to shoot the car? Also any other ideas of location or background other than my large back yard? Any helpful hints appreciated.

8/21/2008 6:33:43 PM

 
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Navy blue with black stripes, eh! Wow, man, good luck.

8/21/2008 10:23:59 PM

 
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A bright, sunny day will allow you to get a bright starburst off a reflective part of the car. Just position yourself with the sun directly behind you and and look for a pinpoint of light striking the chrome or other shiny part. Then stop-down the aperture to create the starburst.

8/22/2008 1:53:14 AM

 
Gord MacEachern
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  Thanks guys!
I am going to get him to leave his car at my place for late afternoon and early evening so I won't feel rushed. Then I can try different lenses, lighting, and composition.

8/23/2008 6:07:33 AM

 
Oliver Anderson
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  I shoot for car magazines/TV shows so I've shot tons of cars. I would take a shot of the car on a long road really low so you see the asphalt and the car and the focus blurs on past the car. I built a 1000hp Viper and took photos of my buddy smokin the tires and doing 360s ... it's kinda cool if your buddy waves while the tires are smoking. It makes a great image. The grass with a dark car isn't sounding that great. I'd maybe shoot it on a dirt road or cliff where it'll stand out.

8/23/2008 4:15:47 PM

 
Gord MacEachern
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  Thanks.
Sounds good!
Gord

8/24/2008 6:48:43 AM

 
Chuck Bruton
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  I would also get tight shots that would feature the car's essence or curves. Make sure the light and exposure are correct, dark cars are hard to shoot.
Also, look for the unusual angle or point of view.
Good Luck, happy shooting

8/27/2008 8:44:35 AM

 

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  I noticed that nobody mentioned to use a polatizing filter to knock out reflections.

Have fun and keep shooting,
Mark H.

8/28/2008 12:33:22 PM

 

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