Car show season

Car show season

Car show season is always or can be, quite busy and lucrative if you like to photograph cars. By lucrative, I mean you can get many great images. Maybe even sell them, but that’s not what I was referring to here.

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1940 1805 Packard

Getting the details at a car show

Because car shows are fairly well attended, at least around where I live in the Midwest, it can be a bit of a struggle to photograph entire cars. You can, but be prepared to have people in them. Personally, I prefer not to have some guy’s head sticking out above the roof of a car, or people wearing bright-colored clothes that reflect so brightly in the chrome.

I would say that 99% of my car show images are photographed using my Tamron 100-400mm lens. That way I can cut out all the clutter, remove the possibility of getting passers-by in my images. This allows me to focus on the details. My favorites are the older model hood ornaments especially. So much art and character.

Besides getting the details of the cars themselves, I always grab a photo of the sign in the window (when it’s there) so I know the year, make and model of the vehicle I’m photographing. This helps when importing and keywording my shots. Besides that, there is always a ‘car guy’ or person out there who asks.

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1933 Buick Delivery Truck – Marshall Fields

Talk to the owners

If you’re looking to learn more about the car you’re photographing, ask the owner. They love to talk about their cars. Many of them can tell you the history of that particular vehicle, how long it’s been in the family, and oh so much more. By being interested in their prized possession, they’re usually more than willing to help you out, let you open doors, they’ll pop the hood and trunk or offer to close them if you need them to get the shot you want.

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1936 Nash Ambassador 8

Questions about car shows?

Let me know f you have any questions about photographing car shows. I’m always happy to help out a fellow car fan and photographer.

If you’re heading out to your local car shows and want some tips or insights into the best ways to capture these beauties check out these articles: Photographing and seeing art in cars & It’s car show season by yours truly.

You can view more of my automotive photography here.

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