How to correctly photograph a car.

Photo school – basic tips for taking pictures of cars, part. 1

For a long time I wished that “Photoschool” had basic tips on taking pictures of cars. Now, however, the tips and topics for processing are mixed up (maybe it makes sense to divide the topics into basic and purely photoshopping), but here, check out the first article in the series of basic tips. Maybe some of it will come in handy for both your car photo shoots and some samples for auto and tuning magazines.

Of course, a lot of things considered on this site are as simple as two peas in a pod, but for sure something will come in handy for new users. And, of course, all these things I have not invented myself – this is just a certain collection of thoughts and ideas, including mine… And all, by the way, it is very much possible to discuss and debate, dotting the I’s and N’s :)

Sorry in advance for not very clean car. But now I have the knowledge that the express car wash is a waste of 140 rubles to nowhere…

A) So, let’s look at the most common mistakes made by all kinds of photographers:

1) A man sitting in the car… In general, we are shooting a car, so there should be nothing else in the frame. It is true that foreign tuning magazines are very fond of shots with the drivers behind the wheel, but it is mostly for rigshots. For a classic picture a man would be too much, don’t be lazy to ask him to step out of the car for half a minute… 2) The wheel is turned outside… Here is the idea – the picture of a boring tire has no value, and instead it is more correct to show a beautiful tire. Also, turning the wheel outward somewhat “tears” the integrity of the car – the tire seems to “stick out” of it. That is why we always turn the wheel inside out. 3) The picture should not be so blatant debris. It can be removed in Photoshop, but it is better to remove it at once. 4) The windows must be up, otherwise they also “tear” the integrity of the car, making a “hole” in it.

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B) In extremely rare cases, I personally would turn the wheel out. In this shot, for example, a wheel turned inward would be cut off by the snow. And turning outward emphasized the off-road element (the off-road tire, and all in the snow) and changed the “direction” of the frame – now the car looks up-right, rather than down-left, if the wheel looked inward.

C) Note – don’t go too far with “sinking” the wheel inside, either. Otherwise it is “eaten away” by the wheel arch, and it juts out too far…

D) Another example, when a beautiful (or not) disc is “eaten away” by the arch. In general, the rotation of the wheels relative to their flat position should not be too large, in no case up to the stop…

E) In general, I would turn out the wheel like this… We set the direction, and the disk is not “cut” by the arch.

F The next common problem is the depth of field. Often the shooting is done in automatic mode, the camera sets the minimum aperture value (i.e. the maximum open aperture). As a result, the back wheel of the car doesn’t get to the depth of field and becomes blurred. And this is very bad – the car should be sharp all over. The recommendation is to take your pictures in aperture priority mode and set it to F8. It’s true that the background will stop being blurry, but you have to either experiment with the F value (try setting F5.6 and F4) or move your subject farther away from the background.

G) And finally, for the first post a couple of absolutely hell bugs, which have not met, but none the less – the wheel must be aligned … Otherwise, any customer will simply be shocked …

H) Well, and in the cabin should not be garbage and unnecessary items (unless it’s some kind of thematic fetish for tuning cars, but it’s an exception) …

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