Photographing Cars at Outdoor Shows

javelinThe images you see here were made at the April, ’15 Cars & Coffee event sponsored in part by Vehicle Vault, 18301 Lincoln Meadows Parkway Parker, Colorado 80134. The next event is May 9, 2015. Starts: 9:00 am, ends: – 12:00 pm

Light has four major qualities: color, quality, quantity, and direction. As photographers seeking to master the art of exposure, seeing that light is the key mastering the art of exposure

If there’s any secret at all, it’s learning how to see the light falling on your subject, especially the range of shadows and highlights within the scene. Italian Renaissance painters called it chiaroscuro and it’s the use of effects representing contrasts of light to achieve a sense of three-dimensionality within a two dimensional frame. Learning to see light is not difficult but does take some practice. That practice should take the form of not only constantly making new images but also taking the time to analyze those photographs after you’ve created them.


One of the first tips I give aspiring car photographers is that they should underexpose black cars to render them as black and overexpose white ones, so they look white. When you think about this concept, it makes perfect sense: By forcing the exposure toward middle gray tones, you’ll end up with a white car that looks gray or a black car that looks gray too.

Hope to see you at the next Cars and Coffee. And for more tips, visit my car photography website and check out some of the tips, tools and techniques in the Blog.

Author: Joe Farace

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