– What’s up guys!
My name is Chris Hau and today we’re talking five tips
and tricks to up your car photography game.
So, let’s get right into it.
So, through my experience of working with brands
like Mercedes Benz, Toyota and a bunch of other clients,
I thought I’d share with you some of the tips, tricks, hacks
and other things I’ve learned along the way
that will help you get some results that you’re pumped on.
So here’s some of the photos that I’ve taken in the past.
We’ll explore some of the techniques that I used
in these photos and this video today.
So let’s go grab our car and our camera
and take some photos.
Today we’re gonna shoot with my 1998 Mercedes Benz C230
with rust spots and fake AMG wheels.
This car should work perfect for
what we’re trying to achieve here today.
So, unfortunately I don’t have a dope location.
I’m just using my parents’ house.
But this should hopefully at least show you some of
the things that you can use to improve your shots.
Tip number one.
Let’s shoot the car at different angles and positions.
Now there’s a handful of common ways to shoot a car.
Let’s explore my favorites.
The first position is a front left 1/4 shot.
That’s where you position the car to see about 25% of
the left side as you’re shooting down it.
Up next we got the left 3/4 shot.
This is where you expose 75% of the side of the car
so that you get more of the car in the shot.
This can all be reversed for the right side of the car too.
Including the front right 1/4 shot
and a front right 3/4 shot.
So that’s 25% and 75% of the side of the car.
Next, we got the front shot.
You’re shooting straight down the line of the car
so that you can only see the lights and the windshield.
Up next we got a side profile.
Now that’s 100% a the side that you’re looking at.
Looks great when you match it with an awesome background.
Now let’s head to the back of the car.
Let’s shoot straight down the back where you only have
the headlights and the windshield
so you can only see just the back part of the car.
Up next, we got the back right 1/4 shot
where you see 25% of the side of that car.
Next you got the back right 3/4 shot we’re seeing
about 75% of the side of the car from the back.
Fun little pro tip for you,
and this is something that I learned from
a bunch of automotive journalists along the way.
Try your best always to turn the wheel of the car
so that the rim is facing the photographer.
It generally just makes the car look better
and it’s more pleasing to the eye.
Tip number two, panning for motion blur.
A cool way to get some natural in camera motion blur
is to stand stationary next to the side of the road
while the car drives past you at a fast speed.
I would suggest that the car drives about
60 kilometers an hour or 40 miles per hour at this time.
Now grab your camera, set your shutter to about 1/125
and get all the other settings
so you have the right exposure.
And as the car drives past you
follow it along with the lens and get the shot.
Now, if you capture it properly
the car should be nice and sharp
but the wheels should be blurry
and so should the background.
This is to showcase speed
and to add some dimension to your photos.
Tip number three, driving shots.
Some of the things that you’ll need are
two drivers, two cars and a closed off area
that you can shoot safely.
This is where you’re gonna hang your camera
outside the window of your chase car while you shoot
the opposite car at about a speed of forty miles an hour
to sixty miles an hour.
Grab your camera.
Set your shutter to 1/80 or 1/100 for shutter speed.
This is the same principal as we talked in tip number two
where the body’s nice and sharp but it shows motion on
the ground or the road or the background,
including the wheels.
If you want to, you can decrease your shutter speed.
This will increase the motion blur
and if you just get that one shot
that just looks like woo!
That’s the one.
But you’re probably gonna have to take
a lot more shots in this case.
So a safe area to play is 1/80 or 1/100 shutter speed.
Obviously, quick safety tip.
I just need to say it.
Make sure that the camera is attached to you
or latched to you in some way.
I don’t want you to be shooting and all of the sudden
you drop your camera and now a Porsche GT3 drives over it
and now you have to explain to the insurance company what
happened ’cause you’re probably gonna not get that claim.
So, please be safe.
I don’t want to hear about anybody getting hurt.
This is always about fun
and getting some images that you’re pumped on.
But safety comes first.
One hundo P.
Tip number four, beware of reflections.
Cars are basically just like giant mirrors
and they capture everything.
Especially if you’re in a busy location or a busy area.
You’ll have your friends captured in them.
You’ll have trees or buildings.
So I’d recommend going out into an open space.
A field should work just fine.
You don’t want to have to be looking at the image later
and being like, should have asked Pete
and his damn skinny jeans to get out of the shot.
Now I gotta photo shop him out of the side of the car.
Shoulda’ just told told you to move.
Quick tip and something that you should definitely buy
is a polarizing filter when you’re shooting cars.
Check out this example and see how much
the reflections change when you use
a circular polarizing filter.
One thing to keep in mind and something that I always do,
when you’re switching from portrait to landscape
make sure you compensate your polarizing filter accordingly.
‘Cause every now and then I’m looking back and forth at
the photos and I’m like, why does this photo look so dope
and this one looks so bad Chris?
Oh, probably ’cause you didn’t change the
circular polarizing filter again like you always do.
So, this is mainly a reminder for me
but you should also do it.
Tip number five, composition.
Seems obvious but change up your shots as much as you can.
Bust out a ladder.
Maybe take out your drone get it right over the car,
shoot directly down.
Utilize the landscape around you.
Shoot behind trees.
Put some stuff in the foreground.
Change up your perspective and your composition a little bit
so that number one, your clients are happy
and number two, when your friends are swiping through
your Instagram feed going
why does Kyle’s 1998 Mercedes Benz C230 look so amazing?
Yes, I assume you have the same exact car as me.
It’s because you utilized some new techniques
and you kinda’ changed it up a little bit
and in return they’re gonna be smashin’ that Like button.
You’ll get like, at least thirty two more likes.
That’s a lot a likes guys.
Ultimately, this is a creative space so trust your eye.
Go out there, get creative.
Explore some light, explore different angles,
Incorporate whatever you can into your car photography.
So that you’re happy with the results that you’re getting.
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I’ll catch ya’ next time!