Tuesday, May 31, 2011
What was it about that classy machine that you found so intriguing? Was it the spotless details on the engine? The way the chrome wheels reflected their surroundings? The quality hand stitching on the upholstery? The vintage faces on the dash board gauges? These are the things you should capture if you want a viewer to share your experience without having been there themselves. Save your wide angle shots for taking in the grand scope of the crowd that gathered. Use your telephoto and/or macro lens to really show off the cool stuff.
Canon 10-22mm ultrawide lens and my Tamron 90mm telephoto/macro lens. I use these lenses on an APS-C (1.6x) crop sensor, where a 30mm lens replicates the human eye's standard field of view (as a 50mm would on an old 35mm film camera).
However, the lens that gets the biggest workout is my 90mm macro. It's long enough that I can capture people having fun while standing at a safe distance, and more importantly, I can zone in on those great details without getting dangerously close to scratching those impeccable paint jobs with my belt buckle.
One tip: wear a plain, grey shirt to minimize how much you stand out when reflected in a shiny surface like chrome. If you're wearing a red jacket (as a Husker fan, most of my light jackets are red), you'll stand out like a sore thumb when reflected in chrome, or blue, or pretty much any polished finish other than red.
One last piece of advice: if you're taking only detail shots, you may find yourself wondering a week later just what kind of car that bumper belonged to. It's not a bad idea to take a quick snap of either the entire car or just the registration form (showing the exact year, model, and owner's name) before moving on to those great details. It'll help you stay organized later, especially if you've agreed to send copies of your gorgeous photos to the owners of those fine machines.
Got any other tips you'd like to share? I'd love to hear them in the comment section below!