So where i live there’s not a lot of outdoor activity due to the cold and the fact that everything covered in snow. So I really try and take advantage of the warmer months to go out shooting. I tend to let friends and acquantances know that I’m looking for stuff to shoot. This past summer I was told of a really great car show that was happening in our area. So I headed out to go shoot some cars.
Now i don’t have a specialty that i shoot. I enjoy shooting just about anything that comes in front of me and my camera. So taking pictures at this car show was going to be something new. The good thing about this show was that it was outdoors and the day was perfect lots of light and a lot of great really clean cars. So far the conditions were great. Now to shoot.
One of the main things that I wanted to achieve was to not just take the standard “car” photo. You know, the one everyone has. I wanted different. One of the big things with this car show was that these were mostly older cars, which was awesome. Old cars have features that truly separated them from other cars and this is what i wanted to attempt to capture.
So as I walked around the large sea of cars I looked for the things that made each car special and tried to focus on that. I barely ever photographed the complete car. And to be completely honest I was really happy with the photos that I got. So here is my recommendation. Get in close. Focus on the features. Make your photo interesting. I found myself lying on the grass or dirt many a time, just trying to get a different shot that I thought represented that car best.
On a side not make sure to have fun, talk with the car owners. They may show you things on their cars that others won’t get the opportunity to see. The other thing is never touch their cars. And if you do, please make sure to ask permission. I was shooting a corvette and there was a small twig sitting right in the middle of my shot resting on the rear tail light. I asked the owner if it was alright to remove it. She was very grateful that i asked and we ended up having a nice chat.
Anyways thats all i have to say in regards to that. If you guys have any great car shots, i would love to see them.
Again remember to just go shoot.