How to Shoot the Best Hot Rod Photos
Whether your hot rod is a 1941 Chevy Special Deluxe or a 1951 Chevy Styleline, you know the value of a stylish photograph. After you have spent thousands of dollars on restoring your classic car, you should learn how to make your car look you spent thousands of dollars on it. There are several mistakes that amateur photographers make when shooting their cars. To make your Chevy Special Deluxe look like a deluxe car, follow these tips:
1. Shoot the car on pavement. Cars belong on the road. So pick a maintained road or parking lot. New pavement looks great under a buffed and waxed vintage car. Try to pick pavement in a color that shows of your car, so lighter pavement with a darker car and vice versa with a light-colored car.
2. Get all four wheels into the picture. Be sure that you can see the back wheel that you might neglect. Since most photos shoot cars at ground level, the rear wheels often disappear. You want all four wheels to show – at least some part of the four wheels.
3. Be aware of your surroundings. When you shoot your car, look at the background. Just like you never want tree branches and light poles coming out of human heads, you do not want random strange things coming out of your car, too. Pay close attention to what is behind your car so that you do not lose the lines of the car. Big parking lots without buildings in the background look like more professional backgrounds than residential streets or driveways.
4. Check out the shadows. You never want to appear in a shadow in your photograph. Take a good look at the light so you do not have any glares off of the hood of your car as well as shadows affecting the angles on your car.
5. Play with angles. Try a shot from a ladder or from lying on the ground. If you are creative, you will get interesting shots that might get your car noticed and recognized. Look through car magazines and think about where the camera has to be to shoot the car.