The biggest problem with photographing cars and other vehicles when out and about is the amount of distracting clutter that takes attention away from the subject. I spotted the car above in a car park in the centre of town, with cars, street lamps, bollards and other clutter all around it. I started photographing this iconic car from several yards away, but even keeping a low point of view was leaving me with lots of distraction in the background.
The only solution was to move in even closer! I decided to make the most of the swooping lines of this TVR by getting up close and personal with the bonnet. Shooting from directly in front, and very close allowed me to cut out all the clutter. Photographing from a very low point of view meant that the background was only sky.
Here are some of the lessons to learn:
1. Start shooting early, but review the images in the viewfinder for clutter and distractions. It’s very easy to miss the lamppost in the corner of your eye when you are taking a shot. Review and recompose.
2. Get up close and personal to exclude as much of the background as possible.
3. Try and ‘see’ the abstrat shapes that compose the car, and make the most of them.
4. Take the low point of view with cars – they always look more dramatic from down low.
5. Open up the aperture as much as possible so that the background is out of focus.
You may not be able to move that car that you want to photograph, but remember that you have control over your position and camera settings. Use the concepts above to help you make the most of what you see when you are out and about day trip photographing. Feel free to link to your own car shots in the comments.