Whats the best tips for photographing my old classic car..

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  1. Photo Lady

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    would it be better to photograph this car on a cloudy day... ? Thanks for tips


     
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    thank you.. this is alot of help.. when i do this i will run a few photos on here and ask for opinions.. i think i need to really experiment..
     
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    thank you.. my husband loves this car.. he likes older the better.. but i like the 50"s.. we sold this one just about a year ago..
     
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    Depends.

    the issue will be how the colors are affected. many of the other posters got it right especially with daytime sun. Either noon or morning/eve.
     
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    thanks great advice.. will do until i get it right.
     
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    I like this photo.. what do you think.. straight head on.of course without the glare/.should i be lower... 40732_442430704633_4274824_n.jpg
     
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    Honestly? It's okay if you're trying to flog the car on Craig's List otherwise? :thumbno: This is a beautiful car with lines that need to be shown off... What you need to do is find a setting for this car; something that suits the car. A rural scene with a barn in the background, at a railroad crossing... and ideally during golden light. Reflections aren't the worst thing if they're not too intense, and a CPOL will help control them, at least on the painted surfaces.

    These are the sorts of images I mean... they're not hard to do, you just need to find the right location...

    Example.

    'Nother example
     
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    Okay i understand now... now i will follow some great tips and try them all if possible..thank you
     
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    Have a try at 45 degrees from the front. Is there a period location that that can park at and take photos.
    Really like the photos
     
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    thanks a bunch.. as soon as he uncovers car and gets her back on the road for the shows.. i will try all types of photos with different scenes and different sunlight etc.. then run them past all of you for the right choice..
     
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    Oh, I see! I don't check all the categories here so I missed it. What a nice surprise! All suggestions are good but to elaborate on the black & white, try parking the car next to something else of the same time period to tie it to the 50's to give the picture more character.
    E.G. If there's an old style, 50's diner around to get into the pic also, an old fifties gas pump/gas station that's been kept up (I saw one recently) or a B&W of the car at an old style Drive-In restaurant.
    Heck, even a modern day Sonic Drive-In in B&W would probably help. There's a small town about 30 minutes away from me that hasn't seemed to change in the last 70 years with all the old store fronts still there from the fifties and sixties so old stores in the background would make for a nice addition, I think. Someone dressed up in 50's attire would be good! These are just examples. I think a combination of those things would help give the car some support and maybe help to induce to the viewer a feeling of how life was back in the 50's. Good luck with whatever you try and be sure to post them.
     
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    You're right about the last one you posted, a different time of day would help with the glare, etc. I agree with John, if it's that bright and sunny (especially if I was near the water) I'd use a polarizer.

    I'd also think about making it a bit tighter, how much trees and gravel do you need? You probably want more background if it's something interesting like that cool barn in the one John posted. Take your time playing around with how you're framing it, see what looks like it will work. You've gotten some beautiful portraits of your dog, have fun with this and keep practicing til you get the hang of it.
     
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