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Tips for car photoshoot

Discussion in 'Other Genres' started by NickCyprus, Jun 22, 2013.

  1. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick
    Hi all,

    I'm hosting an event this Sunday for my local VW club and was asked to shoot some photos of the cars there...
    I've warned the guys that I'm not a pro or anything and while I've done a few photoshoots of my own car, I told them that I can quarantee anything

    It'd be great to hear some general advice/tips
    (Please note that the event is hosted on an open parking lot, at 15:00 under the intense sun of the Mediterranean so not the most ideal conditions...)
     
  2. Jaf-Photo

    Jaf-Photo TalkEmount Veteran

    484
    Mar 25, 2013
    It sounds fun and I'm sure that you'll do a lot better than you think with the photos.

    In those conditions that you describe, I would definitely bring a CIR-PL filter. That will ensure that you get nice photos with even exposure and saturated colours, despite the sun glare.

    Also, bring as many lenses as you can, because sometimes it's hard to predict which lens works the best in a certain setting.

    Good luck and have fun!
     
  3. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick
    I think I won't need long telephoto/zoom lenses so I think I'll take the 35-70 and the 50 1.4, maybe the 16mm pancake too
     
  4. Deadbear77

    Deadbear77 TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Sep 14, 2012
    Northeast Ohio
    Kevin
    Yes, wide angle is good. Even a fisheye if you have one. Would match the psychedelic style that accompanies the name.

    Depending on how much room you have in between cars the 50 and higher may not work for full side view, only front and back.

    Just my opinion.


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  5. Jaf-Photo

    Jaf-Photo TalkEmount Veteran

    484
    Mar 25, 2013
    I also think a wide lens around 16-20mm will be the best. You may want to take some crowd portraits to capture the atmosphere and human interest too. The MD 35-70/3.5 should set you up there.
     
  6. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick
    Damn, problem is I don't really have any wide lenses besides the 16mm pancake and the 18-55 kit lens :(
    MD 35mm hasn't arrived yet...
     
  7. Jaf-Photo

    Jaf-Photo TalkEmount Veteran

    484
    Mar 25, 2013
    You could try the MD 28-85mm also. Maybe 28mm will be wide enough?
     
  8. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick
    So, the event passed. It was a big success for our little club and personally I had a blast althought I got very tired from all the hard work organizing this...

    In the end I used the MD 50 f/1.4 and MD 35-70 f/3.5. Only a few shots were out of focus (mainly with the MD 35-70).
    And I realized how much I missed/needed the MD 35 (which hasn't still arrived)

    The conditions were horrible (too hot and very very bright sunlight) - the LCD screen hood did a good job I'd say
    And cause of the nature of the event (in a parking lot) I couldn't set up the scene/control the background how I wished

    ps: sorry in advance for the watermarking but I was forced to do this due to some recent cases of copyright issues...


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  9. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
    I would say good results. The shortest/widest lens is the best way to go for these.

    Did you get more engine/interior shots?
     
  10. Jaf-Photo

    Jaf-Photo TalkEmount Veteran

    484
    Mar 25, 2013
    Well done Nick. You handled exposure really well, despite the glare.
     
  11. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick
    Thanks. Did a few engine shots but not interior shots though. Most owners weren't standing in front of their cars so they were locked.


    Thanks man ;)
     
  12. Lucille

    Lucille TalkEmount Veteran

    351
    May 22, 2013
    Good shots daddy-o, I would have preferred to see a few more, full car shots instead of the many partials, I like a mixture.


    I do VW's also..


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    I come across many on forums and in person whom think car imaging is easy, I beg to differ..

    Your shots have very nice clarity.....you must do more car work....
     
  13. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick
    Thanks Lucille :)

    Between hosting the event, organizing all the details, and running like crazy during the (just 2 hour) event, unfortunately I didn't have as much time as I wanted to photograph everything how I wanted. Next time for sure ;)


    ^^:eek: And you do them very good if I may say so (you do all cars good ;) )



    Again, thanks - I'm no pro but I try to do my best ;)
     
  14. Rich

    Rich TalkEmount Veteran

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    Nov 20, 2012
    Salisbury UK
    Richard
    Good set of pictures. Really nice colour.