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Old 19-08-2009, 19:30   #1 (permalink)
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Automotive shoot locations

As you guys may have gathered (and Graham has pointed out) I shoot quite a lot of car photos, I think on the whole my shots are let down my my backdrops/locations, I could do with some advise regarding what to bear in mind when choosing a location for a car shoot.

I think these are some of my best efforts, any points for improvements would be greatly appreciated







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Old 19-08-2009, 20:05   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Automotive shoot locations

These look OK to me, the better the car the better the backcloth, for instance a Roller needs a stately home in the background, or a sports car needs a touch of speed or a Silverstone background, Know what I mean.
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Re: Automotive shoot locations

I went through a phase of doing car pictures for local and regional newspapers. I found myself building up a list of country roads with large field openings and tree lined stopping places. I also had a list of urban areas that could be used for photography (places where you wouldn't be moved on for causing an obstruction). Making friends with railway station managers and the local airport manager was a big help.

The stuff I was doing was more 'conventional' than you're producing but perhaps this will give you some ideas.
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Re: Automotive shoot locations

I agree with the comments regarding matching the setting to the car, but for modern cars I think that modern shopping centres/office blocks - or their car parks with the buildings in the background - can work well.

Also the contrast of a run-down urban environment, or disused and neglected industrial site against a well-kept car.

Check out the settings used by Top Gear for their features, or the shhots in the car mags.

I actually planned these two of my car with the brick wall, yellow cross-hatchings and the 'Strictly No Parking' sign complementing the Ford Asbo....



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Re: Automotive shoot locations

Another option is to shoot at night, get them flashguns out and get into a whole new sphere of expense!

At least at night, the background is less important...
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Re: Automotive shoot locations

A couple of my shots - but only one with a dramatic background (it just happened to be on my route that day as seen from the dirt on the car!) and a more current one

Personally, I'd use locations like:
Old quarry - 4x4s
Building demolition site - town type cars
Airport - upmarket car
Modern building - sports car

Having said that, putting a car into the wrong location might make it look pretentious, so I'm liking Sejanus' list!
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