How to shoot your beloved

How to shoot your beloved


As National Photographer’s day is observed on August 19th, what better occasion to try your hand at automotive photography?

Here are some recollections and a bit of life hacks to make automotive  photography one step easier from my short stint in trying to act like  one.  


The best camera is the one  you have with you, right now. A little paraphrasing by Casey Neistat.  Forget fancy Mirrorless and the league of DSLRs. Modern smartphones can  pack a decent punch, and can even hold a massive candle to professional  cameras. Download a manual camera app if you’re feeling frisky and  you’re good to go, as it almost gives you the same control over  parameters that a conventional camera has. Practice on model cars if you  do not have the 1:1 subject. Diecast photography is still a niche  category which makes it all the more rewarding. Moreover, smartphones  make it learning to take pictures all the more user intuitive, which  brings me to my next point.


Stick to the  conventional profile shots, while being creative with it. Enable the  “grid” from your camera settings. Learn the rule of thirds (place the  subject on the third imaginary line on the grid. Angle and composition  goes hand in hand. Repeat after me; there are no rules to photography.  You do you. Meanwhile, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Be  inspired and don’t be afraid to copy your favourite photographers.

Time it- 

One thing photographers will usually rave on and on is about golden  hour. That time of the day when the sun starts sinking into the horizon,  and you’re treated to a warm spectrum of colours ranging from yellow to  orange (and sometimes, a purplish red when the weather machine breaks).  That being said, one thing us photographers hate more than vampires  hate garlic naan is shooting under the mid-day sun. Not to say  completely avoid it, but stick to golden hour (sunrise and sunset) to  get the perfect equilibrium in lighting.


So you have  done and dusted the lion’s share of the work. Now comes editing. Again,  there is nothing wrong with copying others. (While I’m about to give an  appreciation shoutout to my favourite automotive photography related  youtubers, my idols; Mark Riccioni, Alex Penfold, Richard Pardon, Daniel  Bronshteyn to name a select few, deserves your follow on Instagram, as  do I @thatbrowncarguy) One photographer I find everyone copying is Peter  McKinnon and North Borders (Mike), (I do too). Do check out North  Border’s YouTube channel. They’re a mix between light hearted banter  with the mates while diving deep into hands on, POV style tutorials on  all types of automotive photography that you can and will dive down the  rabbit hole into. Generally speaking, try not to alter the colour of the  car, a mistake I see photographers quite often (hey, while we’re  pointing fingers, let’s point a massive index to my face, I used to do  that all the time!). Try to be faithful to what you think looks best.  (Also side note, if you’re still big on HDR photography in 2020, you  should consider going back to the future, atleast 5 years ago. HDR has  no place in 2020. Capeesh? Capeesh.)

Feedback loop-

The  only way to exponentially increase your learning curve is to ask for  constructive criticism to whomever you can. What floats your boat, may  not float everyone else’s. 

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