Car photography is a popular photography niche among people. Basically, car photography is interesting as a hobby for mind relaxation as well as car selling advertisements.

People would like to capture some amazing luxury car photos, old car photos, and their own car. Most of modified cars are very popular among the society.

More Car Photography Ideas

Therefore I would like to share eight important tips to make the best car photographs. 

1. Capture the photo at the right time

Car photography at low sun-light
Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Lens: 35.0mm, Settings: ƒ4.0, ISO 100

Most of the people are making this mistake in the car photography session. Low sunlight is the best.

Basically, I recommended the right time in the morning and evening time. Because average sunlight is available in sunrise and sunset.

If the sunlight level is high, car paint will make unwanted light reflections.

2. Pay your attention to light reflections

Car Photography with correct light reflection
Camera: Apple iPhone 7, Default Lens: 6.6mm, Settings: ƒ2.8, ISO 160

The light lumen level is not the only depending factor in creating a reflection issue.

Normally the car has a shiny surface like a mirror. Therefore away making shine for different angles.

If you want to reduce the unwanted light reflections, you will have to select the perpendicular location to sun direction.

Otherwise, sunlight or other third part light rays will reflect the camera lens, and car photographs will ruin.  

Same as trying to get shadows from large outer objects like buildings or trees. Avoiding direct light rays will reduce unwanted light reflection to your DSLR camera lens.

3. Capture car photographs while moving 

Moving Car Photo
Camera: ILCE-7, Lens: 16.0mm, Settings: ƒ11.0, 160s

Capturing the moving cars’ poses will make creative and stunning car photography outputs.

Basically, you have to use very low shutter speed to freeze moving objects. But shutter speed depends on the speed of the car. Otherwise, the moving object area will be blurred. 

Creative Moving car photo
Camera – NIKON D850, Lens: 20.0mm, Settings: ƒ16.0, ISO 100

Moving the car’s wheel is making amazing and more creative car photos.

But you should keep one thing in your mind “safety is the first.” Rotating will make a small blurred appearance is one of the best car photography ideas. 

4. Consider the car surface color

Highlight The Paint In Car Photography
Camera – NIKON D7500, Lens: 18.0mm, Settings: ƒ8.0, ISO 125
Highlight The Paint In Car Photography
Camera: Canon EOS 6D, Lens: 50.0mm, Settings: ƒ2.0, 1640s

Different car paint colors will highlight in different times of light availability and different angles.

But most of the time, car surface paint will reflect light like a mirror. Therefore you should select the correct time and photo capturing angle according to the car color. 

5. Select proper background

Clear Background Car Photography
Camera: Canon EOS 60D, Lens: 80.0mm, Settings: ƒ/7.1, 1/500s, ISO 500

This is a very common case in all types of photography fields. You have to select a proper background, which should not destruct the real appearance of the car and actual car color. 

Simultaneously, car photos’ background should support to highlight the car and clearly show the outlines. 

6. Take creative shots from moving cars

Sport Type Car Photography
Land Rover Discovery – Car Photography

This is the coolest section in car photography. Here you have to make some pre-arrangements.

You can get the above two photos as examples. As a car photographer, you should try that type of creative car photos.

Car or jeep are spreading water from both sides while driving speedy. 

Basically, those type of images has high market demand for energy products and car-related products advertisements.

Sport Type Car Photography – With Sand
Camera: Canon EOS 650D, Lens: 70.0mm, Settings: ƒ/4.0, ISO 100

You can use sand also. When you drive fast in the sand area, you can see attractive looks like the above car photo. This photo represents high energy.

7. Promote car photography at night   

Creative Night Car Photography With Lights
Camera: ILCE-7M3, Lens: 28.0mm, Settings: ƒ/3.5 ISO 250
Amazing Night Car Photography
Camera: LEICA Q (Typ 116), Lens: 28.0mm, Settings: ƒ/1.7 ISO 1000

Night car photography is more powerful. Because you can arrange lighting and light color as you want.

Therefore you can arrange everything according to your car features.

You can take advantage of car paint shine. Because of that, car paint shine will reflect the light and image of light too. 

You can see the creative lines of car paint make amazing looks for typical rather than its regular appearance. 

A dark environment is more useful to highlight the car inbuilt light system. Definitely, that beauty can capture in different angel too. 

Image 12 – Camera LEICA Q (Typ 116), Lens: 28.0mm, Settings: ƒ/2.2, 1/60s, ISO 200

Creative Night Car Photography With Lights – Ford Mustang
Camera: LEICA Q (Typ 116), Lens: 28.0mm, Settings: ƒ/2.2, 1/60s, ISO 200
More Ideas For Night Car Photography

8. Car photography with model

Car Photography With Model
Camera: Canon EOS 6D, Lens: 35.0mm, Settings: ƒ/1.4, ISO 2000

Models are the marketing strategy to get huge attention from the audience. Models are using to enlighten the car shows too. 

Therefore, if you need to promote your car or car photographs, using attractive models is the optimum method of advertising successfully.

I hope you guys have enjoyed and learned to do correct and adorable car photography session. 

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