Originally Posted by GXP Venom
Great Looking Photos. I like the way you use angles in some shots. I will have to try it. I am always so concerned with the camera being level.
Ya I rarely take a photo that is level. Angles just make them pop a lot more. Depending on the background I will take some level photos, however on average I take about 60 photos and then have 5-10 good ones that I go ahead and keep and spend the time to give the finishing touches to.
I think the pictures I posted above I took close to 60-70 pictures between the two times I went to that location one around 5:30pm or so, and another around 7:00-7:30 pm. And basically my first shoot was a waste because even the photos I did keep have the damn shadow from the light post in the pictures and I didn't realize that when I was taking them for some reason...learned my lesson that is for sure.
Keep in mind also that the lighting makes a HUGE difference in photos. Taking them in the middle of the day just isn't smart. I did a shoot the day after at around 4:00 at the same location and none of them were worth keeping. The colors of the vehicle/surrounds just don't come out when you have such high intensity sunlight. The best time to take photos of vehicles is within 3 hours of sunrise and 3 hours of sunset.These types of light bring out the line/curves of the car and you get more reflection/deeper color.
If you take them during mid day you want to try to avoid direct sunlight, or at anytime for that matter. Also taking having a concrete/lighter colored surface vs. an asphalt/dark surface when taking pictures really helps them turn out better and brings out the reflections/colors of the car better. It has taken me a few years to learn different things, but compared to the pictures I took 2-3 years ago, they don't even compare!
I also just have a basic $200 digital camera. I would love to get some nice equipment so I can take better pictures, but even with a decent digital camera you can still take good photos if you know what you are doing.
Here are some shots I figured I would share with all of you
They are from some other shoots of my past vehicles I have done from more recent and older.. you can kind of see how some of the pictures are a bit better than others, as the newer they are the better I have become at taking pictures: