Like people, cars are unique and have personalities. Whether it comes through in the way the facia is designed, the way the engine revs or even the type of wheels fitted, there is a story to be told through the little differences in each car. As a photographer, it is your job to tell a story through the pictures you take. Cars have loads of personality, if you care to notice them and it’s all in the details.
An Aston Martin will greet you with the words, “Power, Beauty and Soul”. Mazda will show you the nightlife of Tokyo with its colourful facia lights. Ferrari will impress you with detailed hand-craftsmanship. You can tell a lot by those little details.
When you take pictures of car details, it is important to use the shortest lens possible. The shorter the lens, the closer you can position your camera. Interesting features which are usually good to photograph include start buttons, TV screens and multi-function steering wheels. Look for anything that catches your eye. Zoom in on it and snap away. Make sure that what you are focusing on is clean and dust-free. You can clean up dirt afterwards in Photoshop but, if you take a good picture, you won’t have to.
Next time, I will cover car-to-car photography.