Improve your car photography
We show you how easy it is to capture cool car shots, so grab the keys, head out to the nearest industrial estate and get creative…
All of us have a camera and most of us have a car, so why not combine the two and set yourself a little project, which is to capture some artistic images of your motor?
All of us have a camera and most of us have a car, so why not combine the two and set yourself a little project this weekend, which is to capture some artistic images of your motor?
It‘s labour intensive, but a good polish before you head off will save hours of cloning later! When you arrive on location park it so the best background area is behind your car. A good tip is to angle the front wheels before shooting, so they‘re visible and give the car a more aggressive and pleasing stance.
When you‘re ready to shoot, a wide-angle lens will help you take in much more detail so don‘t be afraid to shoot from quirky angles. In fact, we encourage it!
Leave the camera in an Auto or Semi-auto mode so you can forget about exposure and concentrate on the best angles that will transform your daily driver into a work of art.
In the field
A great piece of kit to help you take the best car shots is a polarising filter. Not only will it increase overall colour saturation and contrast, but it will also render the glass surfaces transparent. Take a look at the windscreen on this image to see just how effective this impressive filter is.
Get the look
We tweaked the flat and dull looking RAW image taken straight from the camera to give it more ‘oomph‘. Here‘s what we did…
Original - This ‘straight out of the camera‘ shot lacks contrast or any punch in the colours. At this stage, it only has the strength of the composition, moody sky and interesting background.
Levels - To increase contrast, the Levels sliders were pulled towards the centre of the histogram. We also decided to reduce the slight blue cast by desaturating the blue channel.
Darken - To get a moodier look we did some selective dodging and burning, creating that classic ‘vignetting‘ look around the car. We also boosted the red colour using the Hue/Saturation Tool.
on Friday, July 10th, 2009 at 2:26 pm under Photography Tutorials.
Tags: camera skills, car photography, photography tips, Photoshop, urban