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DomCotton Nov 21, 2005 7:22 AM


A friend of mine wants me to take some photos of cars. Anybody got any good tips? Anybody seen any inspirational angles, etc..?

Thanks in advance,


wrb Nov 23, 2005 5:13 AM

Personally I always think cars look best on wide angle and from low down.

Slayer Nov 26, 2005 5:44 PM

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hi! i'm avi, i'm 16 years old and i'm new in this forum:-)

besides of the fact that i love photography, i love cars:cool:and photography+cars= i love taking photos of cars.

one of my favorite angle is the one shown in this picturei took.

also make sure that all of the car is in the picture:)

have fun! by the way, could you pleasesend me the pics? i would like to see which cars you have in the UK;)

1958fury Nov 26, 2005 10:08 PM

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It depends onwhy you're taking pictures of the cars. For me, it's a hobby just like photography. I have been attending antique car shows for years, and only the past few have been photographing like crazy. I take 300-400 pictures every show, and attend about 25 shows a year. I agree with "wrb", I like the low, wide angle approach. But it varies car to car. Each shot for me is different, but I have learned it is better to crop in tight, and only show what you want the audience to see. Find the most interesting line or part of the car, and then shoot that with an interesting angle. If you need to shoot the entire car, eye-level or from above work well.

1958fury Nov 26, 2005 10:11 PM

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This one I shot because I loved the lighting falling on the hood ornamant.

1958fury Nov 26, 2005 10:20 PM

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In this shot, I had to crop in very tight to elimanate distracting items. I also like this angle. If you were to draw a straight line from where I stand and am facing, it would lead straight to the middle of the front wheel. Standing and facing at this angle seems to show both the front and side of the car equally.

lugnutz Nov 29, 2005 1:43 PM

I like to use anywhere from normal to telephoto focal length. When I'm focusing on a detail, I like to narrow the depth of field, that way all the attention goes to that detail. I also prefer to be low, grill level to top of the hood. But, nothing is set in stone, it all depends on your background, lighting, amount of space, etc...

Also, I like to use a flash, it makes the colors pop and makes the details show better.

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