Tuesday’s Car Show Photography Tip

TIP: Ask owners to please remove any placards placed under their windshield wipers.

Whether it’s an indoors or outdoors show, arrive at the show early. That way you can see how the show is organized and make a plan on how you are going to approach shooting it. Another advantage of arriving early is that placards may not have already been placed under the windshield (windscreen if you’re British) wipers and another added benefit to being an early bird is that it’s also less crowded so people won’t walk into your shot.


Most owners can talk for hours about their cars because there never was a restoration project that didn’t have some interesting twists and turns. While chatting ask them if they would kindly and just temporarily remove any show placards—if you’re too late— placed on the dash or under the windshield wiper. Don’t do it yourself!  Always ask the owner before touching any part of his or her car! It’s best to have them to remove any show placards, so ask politely.


You don’t have to be an expert on a particular marque or even cars in general, but you should be curious and polite when inspecting a car that might make an ideal photographic subject. If you see the owner, ask them a question. People who own interesting cars often have interesting stories to tell about their cars before it reaches the state where you would want to photograph it. If the owner is not around and the light is perfect, just shoot it as it is and try to select and angle that minimizes the placard or makes it easy to remove later in the digital darkroom. The Buick Invicta convertible above was captured using a Canon digital SLR that had been converted to infrared-only capture by LifePixel and hand colored in Photoshop using techniques that are explained here.

You can have your own camera converted for IR capture, keeping in mind that this makes it an IR-only camera. When converting your camera to infrared by LifePixel, you can save a few days (it takes 7 instead of 10) of the conversion process by using  coupon code “farace.