27. August 2009 04:08
Any of our long term readers will know how much we love to share photos, in fact most car blogs are very photo oriented. With resources like Flickr and numerous picture threads in forums around there sure are a lot of photos to share. With all this photography around it is worth spending some time to make sure your photographs are as good as they can be. Here is Retro Scene Mags handy links and tutorials selection for better photography.
Firstly let us start where we should all start, with the equipment we have. For those with big costly digital SLR cameras with changeable lenses you can do a lot worse then checking out photo.net, simply put it is the best photography site on the internet, it has discussions, equipment reviews, photo critiques, tutorials and news as well as many inspiring photos to look at. Head to the learning section to find a lot of quality technical tutorials and ideas for creative photography, for action car photography a lot of what is relevant falls under sports photography.
For those of use not blessed with the budget for a nice big SLR camera and changeable lenses we can still make great use of our little point and shoot digital cameras. Photo.net has a great resource for point and shoot photographers, including reasons why they can be more useful and take better shots than the boys and girls with all the kit. Most important is to make sure you read the chapter on light that is linked from the article, some of it may appear to be relevant to film cameras, but a lot of digital cameras will offer a number of the same settings, particularly the iso settings. A good place to pick up tips for point and shoot cameras is the Better Photography website, particularly this article. Explore your camera, it has many features that you may not be using! If you are lucky enough to have a Canon you can even hack it to be a better camera.
Specifically for car photography there are a couple of very useful sites the aptly named Car Photo Tutorials has, as one would expect, a number of tutorials for taking car photographs, it is mainly aimed at higher end camera users there is however a lot to be said for the tutorials that details what to take photographs of and where.
The recently started f-Stop blog looks to be a great place to get tips from, with each photo having details of how it was taken and the setting used. The very first post in the blog is an excellent explanation of f numbers.
If you want to do some fancy car moving photography then it is worth investing in a vacuum pad car mount.
Hopefully armed with a bit more information and a bunch more inspiring ideas to practice with we can all produce some more great photographs to share. Now I'm off to ebay to find a camera...