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01-30-2008, 03:19 AM
Hey guys,

This semester in school I'm taking an independant study class in automotive photography. I will be setting up photoshoots with car enthusiast owners and also going to track events at Buttonwillow raceway, Laguna Seca, and probably Sears Point (Infineon raceway). Also hopefully some autocrosses and rallycrosses (If I can find them). But since I've never really shot cars or automotive events I was wondering if anyone had any tips or basically knowledge about it. Thanks for any help!

01-30-2008, 08:08 AM
Track events and such youll want some decent zoom lenses. for stationary shoots, wider lenses tend to work best from my experience.

01-30-2008, 08:54 AM
Also for stationary cars you want to either get really low or really high. Straight on shots of cars are generally a lot less interesting.

01-30-2008, 09:08 AM
Should also add for stationary, Pre - Sunrise/ Sunset are the best times to shoot.

01-30-2008, 10:11 AM
read this:

go practice with your car, then read it again. :)

01-30-2008, 01:12 PM
read this:

go practice with your car, then read it again. :)

I like how this guy thinks ;)

01-30-2008, 03:29 PM

certain cars have certain angles that look good
try to find those with each car you shoot.

BTW that sounds like an awesome class

Armin is on this forum?! sick! haha

Over Actor
01-30-2008, 03:58 PM
Practice panning with different speeds before hand so you get an Idea of what the photos will look like when you pull them out of the camera.

02-01-2008, 01:56 AM
Thanks everyone for the good advice!

Is there a book for this that anyone recomends?

02-01-2008, 11:22 AM
photography forums can be so much more valuable than books. I've learned tons from sites like fredmiranda, sportsshooter, here, even nasioc and POTN . . .

02-01-2008, 11:26 AM
That and go buy some car magazines and see what shots they have and figure out how they shot them (shutter speeds, focal lengths, angles, whatever).

Car and Driver has some of the best photography, as does 0-60 (if they still make it). The other mags have better articles, but that's not what this is about. :lol:

02-01-2008, 11:34 AM
See if you can get Mopho on NASIOC to give you some advice. He does freelance work, I think, and has had several photos (including a cover) in Car and Driver. He's one of my favorite automotive photogs.

02-01-2008, 11:38 AM
Someone should PM him and invite here....

02-01-2008, 12:20 PM
Maybe I should write a book? :D

02-01-2008, 12:21 PM
sweeeeet class!!! :photog:
that sounds like a blast! :banana:

now I'm cerially jealous... ::)