Shooting the Tokyo Motor Show

by | Mar 2, 2021

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

Several years ago, I was fortunate to be able to attend the amazing Tokyo Motor Show and today I wanted to share some of my favorite photographs from it. For homesick Americans, like me, the Makuhari Messe facility in Chiba, where the show is held, has a food court that features a real jumping up and down McDonalds.

Concept cars are always interesting to photograph and the best concept cars in the world are usually unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show. The Makuhari Messe is well lit for TV cameras allowing these color perfect shots that were made with a Canon Digital Rebel set in Auto White Balance mode.



Kia.conceptHow I Made This Shot: The Acura HSC concept (above) vehicle was captured in Program mode at 1/60 sec at f/4.5 at ISO 400. The camera’s built-in flash was fired to put some detail in the shadows. Lens was the inexpensive EF-S 18-55mm kit lens that Canon bundled with this camera, set at 18mm.

Tip: Fill flash for photographing people too. In addition to having the most amazing concept cars in the world, the Tokyo Motor Show also has the prettiest and nicest models who are glad to pose for you whether you’re a working pro or just a snapshooter.

How I Made This Shot: This model (at right) is posing with a Kia  concept car that was photographed with a Canon Digital Rebel set in Auto White Balance mode. Exposure of 1/60 sec at f/9 at ISO 400 and the built-in flash used to provide some fill light for the model.



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