Auto Show shooting

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  1. loopguru

    loopguru TPF Noob!

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    I have media credentials for a Custom / mod autoshow in Chicago this weekend. I need to take stunning photos. Problem is I have zero experience shooting autoshows. Any advice would be great. I am most likely going to arrive with a Nikon D50 with Speedlight 600.

    I am looking for tips on how to best compose autoshots for maximum impact and attractiveness. There's got to be someone here who does automobile shots :mrgreen: I hope.

    Ciao!
     
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    Will it be inside or outside? If it's inside, I might be concerned about mixed lighting. Check out this site for info about using gels to balance your flash with the ambient light.
     
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    it is all inside. Similar setup to a traditional auto show.
     
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    smack. now I need to find this stuff at a local shop for sunday.

    Wonder if construction paper would work? ;)
     
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    right person preffrence go low (im normal laying on the floor) and have the camera on the front courner as it alows you to see both sides of the car if you can take a friend to clear the crowds cause people in the background dont work. rotating tables are a no no try to get them to stop it get the fried to create a distraction or a excuse to stop the turntable . hope this helps look forward to seeing the result
     
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    need any help email me will be by computer all weekend till sunday
     
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    Thanks.


    How about settings? White balance I will have to play with because I am not 100% sure if it is incandecent or flourecent. Do you shoot in Auto?
     
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    There is actually an article in August's digital photographer magazine. I just picked it up today for that article, haven't read it yet so don't know how it is but may be worth looking into. I got the magazine at Walmart, the front cover says "How to take cool photos at car shows" on bottom right corner above UPC code. Good luck
     
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    August issue in June? Thanks for the heads up.
     
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    Yea, that is what I was wondering. I almost just typed this month but then I decided I better take a quick look and to my surprise it said August.

    I skimmed over the article and the thing that stuck out the most to me was to "always use Farace's #5 law for photographing cars: overexpose white and light colored cars; underexpose black or dark colored ones."
     
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    Use a little higher ISO, a flash diffuser, and a CP filter.

    Arrive early to avoid crowds.

    I've done a gazillion from Detroit to Tokyo.

    LWW
     
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    Do you have a gallery with your shots?
     

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