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Old Sep 16, 2009, 3:04 PM   #1
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Default How to take photos of old cars?

On sunday im going to the goodwood revival (for those of you that don't know it is a car show dedicated to old cars, there will be still cars and track racing) I would love to know if any of you had any tips on taking photos of these sorts of cars? I have a sony A200

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Old Sep 17, 2009, 2:00 AM   #2
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On sunday im going to the goodwood revival (for those of you that don't know it is a car show dedicated to old cars, there will be still cars and track racing) I would love to know if any of you had any tips on taking photos of these sorts of cars? I have a sony A200

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Generally low and as tight as possible. Don't be afraid to drop to a knee for a nice low shot. Even shooting from ground level looking upwards works for some artsy photos.

When composing, watch the foreground. Cars parking in a parking lot my not be exactly parked in a regular parking space. Goofy placed parking lot lines are distracting.

Watch the lighting, especially the reflections off all that nice chrome. It is distracting to see a red car being reflected in the chrome of a blue car.

Single cars are great. But group shots of competing/complimentary cars can be very intersting. Think '55 T-Bird along side '53 Vette or '63 Vette along side 2009 Vette.

Most car shots should emphasize the car. But cars and kids, cars with their owners, cars with the crowd, cars with judges etc can be very interesting.

Take your time. The cars (except on the racetrack) are not going anywhere. Wait for the crowds to thin out so you don't have a lot of distracting people as background subjects. Also, as the sun is approaching the horizon is a great time to shoot.

Watch early morning shots because dew sometimes forms on the cars overnight. Wet windows etc can be distracting. But shots early in the day (at these kinds of events) usually shows the cars at their best because the crowds have not been touching and feeling the clean surfaces.

Oh, and take a small ladder/footstool. Sometimes you need to rise above the car and crowd for the best shot.
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Old Sep 21, 2009, 3:36 PM   #3
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Wow, great advice, Stevie!
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I'm the "official photographer" for my old car club. Here are some links to some of my stuff:

http://s485.photobucket.com/albums/r...n/Studebakers/
http://s485.photobucket.com/albums/r...nd%20S%202009/
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using a polorizer can produce good results on static cars
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Thanks guys for your adivce, i had a great time at the revival and took some cool pictures (i think)! Check them out http://www.flickr.com/photos/chris90...7622294198591/

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Thanks guys for your adivce, i had a great time at the revival and took some cool pictures (i think)! Check them out http://www.flickr.com/photos/chris90...7622294198591/

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Love the Maserati Girl

Would you like some C&C?

The handrail (fencing), because if its location, blends into the bumper. A slight angle change would have shifted the handrail such that the bumper would have straddled the handrails or would have been entirely above the rail

There is a static text display in the lower right corner. Shifting your angle such that the entire display is visible, or shifting such that none of the display is visible would be preferable. Personally I think the display (if readable) could add something to the picture.

The ceiling (lights and rafters) are not needed. Sometimes you got to crop a picture to remove the other stuff. In this situation a long strip of a photo, like a panarama, is better than zooming in and loosing the context of the photo.

Also the view of M. Logo behind the girl is slightly clipped off due to your angle and the girl's position. If you shift to accommodate the static text display you have to watch how the logo is clipped. The worse thing would be for a piece of the logo to be seen on each side of the girl. As it is, if you can't show all of the logo, seeing half over her shoulder is best.

PS: All of what I said is hard to compose in the viewer or on screen. Sometimes you just got to shoot hundreds to find the perfect angle.

PSS: Sorry if I am harsh. I do C&C to help me learn how to shoot my own pictures better.
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