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Hi, sort of new to the world of photography, and have started to do some reading up since i've got a little more free time now since finishing my thesis. I love cars and would love to get some directions on photographing them. But have had trouble finding any books on car photography.If anyone knows of any it would be greatly appreciated...

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I assume that you are speaking about cars IN MOTION not just sitting still. If they are not moving then just get a book on composition..

If you are shooting moving cars the best thing you can do is learn to pan with your camera. That means moving the camera while keeping the car in the frame. This allows you to use a slower shutter speed and keep the feeling of motion. See below. The first shot was taken at a fast shutter speed the second was at a low shutter speed and panning with the camera. The first one looks like the car is parked.



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If you are shooting stationary vehicles use a poloarizer to cut down on the glare from the bodywork..

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Northernscum wrote:.

If you are shooting stationary vehicles use a poloarizer to cut downon the glare from the bodywork.

Also cut the in-camera contrast setting back to a -2 or -3..

Polarizers tend to give some overly dense colors, which some editors love, others hate..

Not too long ago, I had one editor tell me he hated to see shots of car interiors where flash was used. That can make life a bit more difficult, but it doesn't make it impossible. A monopod works pretty well in such cases..

Reflections are a problem with some cars. The idea is to shoot the car, not the photographer. I found that using a slightly longer lens (jumped from 70mm or so to 125mm) reduces the size of my belly in the finished shot so it is almost invisible. Would that were so in life!.

If you're shooting stills, change angles. Shoot 3/4 head on from both sides as well as head on, full side, 30 deg. side, 3/4 tail on, etc. Then do the whole job over again from the highest step possible on a 6' or 8' step ladder. Then get down and shoot low angles. Shoot from the second (or third) story of a building.



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I go to Borders, and they have a photography book on just about any subject, and you can even sit down and peruse the pages without buying it, to make sure you get what you want.Terry GelgenD5018-55ED70-300VR..

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Cheers thanks for the tips guys.will give them a shot.went down to my local borders, they dont seem to have much at all....

Did a search on amazon and they dun have too much on car photography either. but found "how to photograph cars" by james mann. anyone had any experience with this???..

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You still haven't told us what KIND of car pix you want to take....

1. Wait until it's cloudy.2. Be creative...try lots of angles.3. Use a moderately long lens..

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Sorry, well I was planning on starting out with some stationary photos with my new car which will be arriving soon, then trying some motion shots a little later... what I would really like to know is how people mount their cameras to cars (without damage to the car of course)??.

Also I understand the uses of polarizers, but are they beneficial for cars in motion?..

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Pick up a copy of CAR magazine, which has the best car photography, and you will get a few ideas about what looks good.Androohttp://Androo.smugmug.com..

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Chuxter wrote:.

You still haven't told us what KIND of car pix you want to take....

1. Wait until it's cloudy.2. Be creative...try lots of angles.3. Use a moderately long lens..

Some editors even tell you the angles they prefer3/4 front left, right, rear left, right, side, high angle, low angle, very high angle, etc. Adding to those is fun..

You're dead right: overcast or cloudy is best. Much less glare, no need for a polarizing filter, nice, even light..

The longer lens keeps the shooter out of the picture. I hate having to take myself out of the bumper or the back of the side view mirror, or wherever..

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Jksgoh wrote:.

Sorry, well I was planning on starting out with some stationaryphotos with my new car which will be arriving soon, then trying somemotion shots a little later... what I would really like to know ishow people mount their cameras to cars (without damage to the car ofcourse)??Also I understand the uses of polarizers, but are they beneficial forcars in motion?.

Depends on the speed. They can help a little, but it's difficult to change the settings when the car is clipping by at a good rate of speed..

There are several mounts for cameras that work on cars. If you're photographing the car, you don't need such a mount. At least one clamps on a partially lowered window..

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