Three Tips to Photograph Your Car

red-carThey say a picture is worth a thousand words, but a well-done shot says so much more. When it comes to photographing your car, you want your photos to speak loud and clear. Whether your goal is selling your car in the classifieds, making a glamour shot for a car club or magazine or if you’re just having a little fun, you’d be surprised at how these three tips can help you make the most of your shoot.


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1. Utilize the front three-quarter shot.

If you plan on showcasing or selling your car, a front three-quarter profile will show as much of the car as possible. You can vary the angles of the shot in order to make your subject look livelier and more dynamic. Don’t forget to keep your wheels turned, so that you see the wheels, not the sidewall or tire tread.


2. Ditch the distractions.

First, you’ll want to choose a neutral background with as few details or background distractions as possible. However tempting it is to frame your car against a big mansion or a popular hangout, always keep in mind that it’s the car that’s the star. Also, you’ll want to watch out for parking lot lines as these can also detract from the shot.

Next, make sure there aren’t any other distractions going on in your car’s reflection. If a reflective surface picks up another vehicle, consider a change in location until those distractions are no longer a problem.


3. Keep an eye on your lighting when photographing your car

Always keep your light source, which should be soft, horizontal and evenly-distributed, behind your back to eliminate glare and saturation issues. If the sun is out, make sure your shadow is not on the ground in front of you.

Don’t be afraid to work with your camera’s flash to get the best results. In fact, you’ll need to use “forced flash” or “fill flash” mode instead of “automatic flash.” This ensures your flash always works, shot after shot. You’ll need your flash to get rid of the harsh shadows and annoying dark areas often created by midday light. A good flash also helps boost the camera’s available light during overcast days as well as redistribute light to reduce glare.


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