Tips on Photographing Cars

 
Suresh Narayanan

Suresh Narayanan

 Suresh Narayanan, photo editor of OVERDRIVE has a very diverse background in photography. Passionate about photographing cars, it is very captivating to hear him talk about shooting cars. He talks about cars as beautiful and elegant human beings.

Here are a few tips on shooting automobiles.

Photograph/Naveen Krishnan

Photograph/Naveen Krishnan

Features to pay attention to
Focusing on the fine details of the automobile enhances the photographs.The exterior details include the headlights, the wheels, the grill, the tail lamps, the badge on the front as well as the rear of the car. The interior elements include the dashboard, the steering wheel, the seats and so on.

Know what you want to portray
Photographers should try to shoot the car from the headlight level. Doing this gives the car an better perspective. Different angles tell a different story about the car altogether. A front 3/4th should include both the headlights and giving a profile of the car as well. This helps in giving an overall view of the car. The profile of a car tells a lot about the aerodynamics of the car. A front shot can make the car look extremely smart or menacing. It’s definitely important to understand the car and all its features before deciding how to photograph it.

Photograph/Gaurav Sawn

Photograph/Gaurav Sawn

Understand the make of the car
To get a dynamic image, turn the wheels of the car. If the wheels are straight, it makes the car look very elegant and stylis. It is the make of the car that plays an important part in the positioning and shooting the car.

On the equipment used
A wide lens creates a larger than life image but at the same time it also creates a distorted image. Whereas, using a perspective correction lens corrects the distortion of a wide lens.

This article originally appeared in the May 2016 issue of Better Photography.

Photograph/ V Venkata Ramana

Photograph/ V Venkata Ramana

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