Car Photography tips

Car Photography Tips in Trinidad and Tobago Create Your Ad

Everyone loves getting a few great photos of their car. For many people, a car is one of the biggest investments you will make in your life, so if you have a righteous ride then you'll want to make sure that you get some killer shots that show off its true beauty. This is especially the case if you want to gain some serious notoriety with your friends, on social media sites and in forums. If you plan to sell your car in Trinidad and Tobago  then you'll want to make sure that your classified advertisement fetches some views and who knows, you could even get featured in a magazine if your car delivers some serious eye candy.

Having a professional camera will certainly help and it can make all the difference. For this reason, it may be worth testing out new lenses so you can nail that money shot that will completely eliminate your competition.

1. Try Not To Let the Background Steal Your Spotlight

This is one of the hardest things to get right in a photograph because even the most stunning cars can turn into a large blur when the sun is right behind it. You will also find that a messy garage, other parked cars and busy streets can all take the focus away from your car as well, making it feel more like an extra as opposed to the centre of attention. If you need ideas, take a look at some of your favourite car magazines for inspiration. Remember that backgrounds can complement the look of your car, but don't let them compete with it. You will also find that the background you need may be closer than you'd think.

Try and find tall foliage, an open field or a woodsy street. You should also look out for textures such as brick or stone, and take warehouses and barns into consideration as well. When you take your picture, make sure that you aren't getting any reflections as this could seriously affect the quality of your image. If you do manage to find a breathtaking background, focus in on your car or else people may get distracted by the backdrop.

2. Work All the Angles

Many people would look into their camera and walk back until they can get the whole image in the frame. Your ride isn't average and neither are you, so get creative. Try different heights and angles and turn your wheels a little to give it some personality.

  • Eye-level Angle or Headlight:  Consider getting on your knees so you are at eye level with the headlight. This angle is very popular with pro photographers and it gives your car a very aggressive appearance. It is also a great way to eliminate distracting objects from the background.
  • Bird’s Eye View: Find a tall ladder or take your photograph from a second story window. This will show off your hood and your paintjob.
  • Tilted Angles: Tilt your camera and make your car appear diagonally across the frame. This will give it an almost "in motion" effect and with a little practice you can be sure to nail that perfect shot. If you tilt too much, you'll look like you're tilting your head and if you tilt it too little then it may look as though you made a mistake when taking your shot.
  • Ground Shots: Put your camera on to the ground. This can help to add an interesting dimension to your photographs, especially if there is a change in the elevation.

3. Change the Car’s Position

People don't just want to see the front of your car. Start walking around your car and snap pictures as you go. This is great if you have a paint job that seems to change colours as you go along, because it allows you to capture it perfectly through different shots. If you have done some work on the suspension of your car, don't forget to photograph this as well. Re-position your car so different sides are against the background and get some shots of the rear three quarter and the front three quarter. Sit low for these because you'll be able to get all four wheels in the photo.

4. Showcase All the Details

Cars have plenty of amazing details that you can highlight in your pictures. For example, are you especially proud of your year, model or trim? Make the photographs show what makes your car especially unique. Certain years have many recognisable features such as headlights, taillights, body curves, gauge clusters, upholstery, headlights, wheels and even badges that you can focus on. If you've customised your car, take note of these. You could even pop up the hood and take some engine shots, especially if it has been upgraded.

5. Harness the Light

Don't shoot at noon or in the middle of the day. The sun is at its highest at this time and even though it may look good to the human eye, it doesn't look too good for your camera. The best time to shoot is during the golden hour, which is exactly one hour before sunset or sunrise. The sun is low and the sky releases some really awesome warm tones, and this will let your camera take the image much better.

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