My friend Mark Toal (and partner at Mirrorless Photo Tips) just came back from Reno, NV where he visited the National Automobile Museum. Like Mark, When I travel I try to find a local auto museum and spend time looking at cars that I might not otherwise get to see or photograph.
At the Unser Racing Museum on Albuquerque I not only got to see some beautifully restored classic automobiles and race cars but got to meet and talk with Al Unser, Sr. And the only Talbot Lago that I’ve seen is the one in the Cussler Auto Museum. That’s the good news. The bad news is that sometimes museum lighting is not that great and using high ISOs and the noise they produce can be concern. And often the space between cars can be a challenge to photographing them.
That’s why you may need to change the way you shoot and not worry so much about getting a perfect shot of a particular car but making the best possible photograph under the conditions you’re working. Case in point: The J&R Vintage Auto Museum in Rio Rancho, New Mexico where there are more that 60 antique cars and trucks on display! During my visit to J&R, I brought along a Canon EOS 50D and a Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC lens. Here’s a few tips:
Make sure your lens allows close focusing. I once purchased a lens only to discover it didn’t focus close enough to do me any good. Tamron’s 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC lens, used for these shots, focuses to 19.3-inches but it will do so for the entire zoom range. That means that you can use the 270mm setting to get up close and personal enough so that your image looks like true macro photography