When you get ready to pick up your first brand new car, anticipation is palpable. The trip to the dealer; the excitement of being walked through the controls of your new car; the thrill of driving your own car for the first time, it’s all a feeling of ecstasy. In this day and age when social media has become such an integral part of our lives, many of us can’t resist showing off our brand new cars on Instagram.
However, if you plan on posting pictures of your car to Instagram, it should be done with finesse as you can’t afford to mess up the first impression of your vehicle. The great thing is that it’s not as difficult as it sounds and you don’t need exceptional photography skills. With just a few steps to keep in mind, you can make your circle jealous.
Here are some steps you need to follow to take your car photography Instagram game to the next level.
Find the best angle
For starters, avoid using zoom. Move around the car instead of standing in one spot and use the zoom to see how the photo looks best from different perspectives. A small adjustment can drastically change the visual weight and impact of the vehicle’s lines. Examine the gap between the camera and the vehicle. Placing your car in a large dramatic landscape can add a sense of scale.
Shoot at the right time of day
What is the most common mistake people make when photographing cars? Going outside in the middle of the day, when the light is bright, unpleasant and generally unappealing. It’s a definite way to end up with bad car photos. Instead, a few minutes after sunset or a few minutes before sunrise is the perfect time for car photography. Since the light is soft and there is no direct sunlight, you can achieve a beautiful, almost ethereal look.
Watch out for reflections
Be wary that unwanted reflections from trees, lampposts or other objects can spoil the design lines you definitely want to show. Try to click the photos in an open space to avoid this.
Treat the headlights like eyes
The best angle for photographing a person is usually at the level of their eyes. When it comes to cars, the headlights serve as eyes. To show off the drives and add sportiness, the front wheels need to be pointed straight out of the camera.
Let your car communicate with nature
Do not just park the car in a parking lot or on the side of the road and do not take pictures. Instead, let the car interact with its environment. A car producing dust or a 4×4 going over a small barrier such as a rock are good examples. Your photos look aesthetically pleasing.
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