Thursday’s Car Show Photography Tip

by | Apr 26, 2018

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

Outdoor car show season is right around the corner. If you’re interested in making some nice photographs of classic and special interest cars, here’s a few tips that might help:

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.  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.

Tip #1: Ask owners to kindly remove any placards or signs placed under their windshield (windscreen if they’re British) wipers. If you see the owner, ask them a question. 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. 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.  If the owner is not around and the light is perfect, just shoot it as it is and try to select an angle that minimizes the placard or makes it easy to remove later in the digital darkroom.


Tip #2: 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 any of those placards I just mentioned may not have already been placed under the windshield wipers and another added benefit to being an early bird is that it’s also less crowded so people won’t be walking into your shot, at least not as many as will happen later in the day.


 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.


My book, The Complete Guide to Digital Infrared Photography shows how I made the above photograph is currently out-of-print but used copies are available from Amazon for $14.10, as I write this. Creative Digital Monochrome Effects has a chapter on IR photography and is available from Amazon with used copies selling for $4.00 one of the best book bargains out their for what is my personal favorite book.