How to shoot CARS! 5 tips to better Automotive Photography!

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