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Top 3 Car Photography Tips For Beginners:-

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Top 3 Car Photography Tips For Beginners:-

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Car photography is a very common niche of the product photography genre. It is exciting as well as satisfying work for a photographer. Also, the demand for car photography in the market will never reduce. But it is not an easy task for a beginner to shoot cars. Every car is different from each other, and you need to capture the personality in your photo in such a way that it attracts potential customers. This article is intended to help you out in this matter. 

Here are the top 3 car photography tips for beginners:- 

 

Lighting Tips:- 

 

 

 

You can shoot during the golden hour, i.e. just before sunrise and just after sunset, to get amazing colors of natural lights which will make your photos phenomenal. Try to shoot with long exposures. If you are clicking pictures under direct sunlight, try using a reflector. You can use an ND polarizing filter in front of your lens too. It helps to reduce glare from reflected surfaces like the body of the car. While choosing what time of the day you'll shoot, consider the color of the car because different colors look good at different times of the day. Keep the ISO as low as possible, to avoid grains or noises in your photos. 

 

Camera settings:- 

 

 

 

While choosing the perfect lens for car photography, go for the one with a minimum f-stop of 2.8,i.e. shoot with a wider aperture. The lower the f-stop, the better the photo will be because it will enable more light to enter the lens and produce a shallow depth of field. This thing is highly desired in car photography, as the car is focused solely, and the background becomes pretty insignificant. This results in an artistic photo with a dreamy bokeh, surrounding the car. You cannot take photos in low-light situations with narrower apertures. You need to fix the focal length correctly because it affects the perspective, i.e. from how far the photo is clicked. Experiment with different focal lengths during the test shoot, to find out which works best. 

 

Avoid cliché

 

 

 

It's a problem with most car photographs - they rarely project creativity. To take stunning car photos, you need to avoid cliché shots like side-of-the-road, or in parking lots, or picking up dust. While choosing the background, keep the color, price, and usage of the car in mind. You might get inside the car to take photos too. It will help the customers to decide whether they would buy it or not, as they'll spend most of the time there, after buying, and not stare at the outside of the car. Take shots of the dashboard and the steering, and if there is any special feature, focus on that. You can add props also, just be cautious about not overdoing it. That will look distracting. You can even go well by clicking only the most interesting part of the car, rather than the whole car. Think out of the box, and find settings that others could hardly imagine. If you must shoot at the side of the road, make sure to add some creativity and make your photo stand out.

 

And, there is another additional tip for you- use any basic composition rules like the golden ratio, rule of thirds, or leading lines to produce a well-composed photo. 

 

Written by Sanga Basu, Content Writer, WPC.


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Car photography is a very common niche of the product photography genre. It is exciting as well as satisfying work for a photographer. Also, the demand for car photography in the market will never reduce. But it is not an easy task for a beginner to shoot cars. Every car is different from each other, and you need to capture the personality in your photo in such a way that it attracts potential customers. This article is intended to help you out in this matter. 

Here are the top 3 car photography tips for beginners:- 

 

Lighting Tips:- 

 

 

 

You can shoot during the golden hour, i.e. just before sunrise and just after sunset, to get amazing colors of natural lights which will make your photos phenomenal. Try to shoot with long exposures. If you are clicking pictures under direct sunlight, try using a reflector. You can use an ND polarizing filter in front of your lens too. It helps to reduce glare from reflected surfaces like the body of the car. While choosing what time of the day you'll shoot, consider the color of the car because different colors look good at different times of the day. Keep the ISO as low as possible, to avoid grains or noises in your photos. 

 

Camera settings:- 

 

 

 

While choosing the perfect lens for car photography, go for the one with a minimum f-stop of 2.8,i.e. shoot with a wider aperture. The lower the f-stop, the better the photo will be because it will enable more light to enter the lens and produce a shallow depth of field. This thing is highly desired in car photography, as the car is focused solely, and the background becomes pretty insignificant. This results in an artistic photo with a dreamy bokeh, surrounding the car. You cannot take photos in low-light situations with narrower apertures. You need to fix the focal length correctly because it affects the perspective, i.e. from how far the photo is clicked. Experiment with different focal lengths during the test shoot, to find out which works best. 

 

Avoid cliché

 

 

 

It's a problem with most car photographs - they rarely project creativity. To take stunning car photos, you need to avoid cliché shots like side-of-the-road, or in parking lots, or picking up dust. While choosing the background, keep the color, price, and usage of the car in mind. You might get inside the car to take photos too. It will help the customers to decide whether they would buy it or not, as they'll spend most of the time there, after buying, and not stare at the outside of the car. Take shots of the dashboard and the steering, and if there is any special feature, focus on that. You can add props also, just be cautious about not overdoing it. That will look distracting. You can even go well by clicking only the most interesting part of the car, rather than the whole car. Think out of the box, and find settings that others could hardly imagine. If you must shoot at the side of the road, make sure to add some creativity and make your photo stand out.

 

And, there is another additional tip for you- use any basic composition rules like the golden ratio, rule of thirds, or leading lines to produce a well-composed photo. 

 

Written by Sanga Basu, Content Writer, WPC.