How to shoot creative car photography
Don’t stop your car photography shoot after you’ve bagged a classy ‘portrait’ of your automobile. Close in on the details and shoot more abstract shots.
Badges, wheels and detailing in and around your vehicle’s bodywork can say much more about a car than the standard shot.
Use a wide-to-standard-range zoom lens to capture your abstract and detail shots, a kit lens of around 18-55mm is perfect for this.
Use all the quirky angles you can think of and don’t shoot anything on the level or head on for maximum impact.
Once you’ve got a card full of shots get them on the PC and play with the Levels to create some funky car art or polyptychs.
Careful with the wheels
As tempting as it may be, avoid shooting wheels head-on. Instead, experiment with angles and be creative with your focusing.
Choose the right focal length
The side vent and wheel in this shot give the car context. A focal length of 24mm with a depth of field at f/6.3 keeps the eye fixed on the text and the wheel doesn’t stick out.