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How to get started in car photography | 2020 Edition

Do you like to take photos of cars? If you're confused about where to start, here are my thoughts on how to start car photography.

Where do I take photos?

Mercedes AMG GT R rear three quarters Designo Magno Selenite Grey

If you want to take photos of a variety of exciting motors, I recommend to visit a showroom or visit a car meet. Note: ask the receptionist to ask if you can take photos around the dealership.

Alternatively, if you've got a friend who has a car, ask them if you can take photos of their automobile.

What equipment should I use?

You don't need a Nikon D850 to take awesome car photos. I've seen decent images taken with a phone camera.

BMW 428i Coupe front three quarters
BMW 428 | Shot on Nikkor 28mm f2.8l Ai S

Lamborghini Urus Giallo Ague
Lamborghini Urus rear three quarters | Shot on 50 f1.8l Ai S

If you want decent camera equipment that doesn't break the bank, I recommend a Nikon D3300 with a 28mm and 50mm manual lens to understand sharpness.

How do I take photos of cars?

Lamborghini Aventador matte black front three quarters
Shoot to car's perspective

Go down low to the hight of the car. Taking a photo from eye-level doesn't translate and looks jolty.

Range Rover Evoque front three quarters
This is a photo from eye-level perspective

Let's talk about angles. Classic perspective includes a front/rear three-quarter angle, front and back, Finally a side profile.

Lexus LS400 1998 front three quarters
Front three quarters

Skoda Fabia R5 rear three quarters
Rear three quarters

Lexus LS400 1998 front face
Front Face

Lexus LS400 rear bumper
Rear bumper

Lexus LS400 1998 Side Profile
Side profile

If you want to do something different or not don't have enough space - macro shots are here to the rescue. Other ideas include a badge shot, taillight and curves that intrigue you.


Aerial Atom badge
Badge shot

Audi R8 Taillight

Porsche 911 Gt3 RS spoiler

The best advice I could give you is to stay safe and to keep taking photos of cars. Once, a week/bi-weekly, you'll see that you are taking better pictures.

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