Car meets are really fun to attend and as a photographer they can be enjoyable, or they can a headache because you can end up not capturing great shots. The following are 5 tips in ensuring you capture great shots when you attend a car meet.
1. Plan ahead
Planning is a painstaking, time consuming task but it will ensure you find the location, and can see how many people plan on going. You may end up doing to an event that has less than 10 cars and find you wasted your time. Plan ahead, make plenty of research and know perhaps which types of cars you can expect. The above shot was taken near where i parked because it was near the entrance.
2. arrive early
showing up early gives you the chance to capture photos that other wise you would not be able to capture. Also, by arriving early you can scope out the cars showing up and find parking. Arriving early gives you the opportunity to take shots with less people.
3. get low to take your shots
This is a crucial in my opinion. Everyone who goes to car events takes the same shot. Me on the other hand, I enjoy seeing the cars at their level. The above is an example of a GT500 from two different perspectives. I enjoy the shot that not everyone will take.
4. Focus on one car
When you take shots, don't just take pictures of everything. When I started I made the mistake of just photographing everything. Take the time to appreciate each car and find one you like. You will find that you captured some real nice photos and your photography skills will grow quicker as you will make adjustments on this delicate process.
5. edit only as needed
It's very tempting to do editing to your freshly taken photos and make your cars stand out even more. Try to enjoy the shots and only edit as needed. The above is one of my favorite photos and it's unedited. The light was great, early in the morning and i used a 50mm lens. Try not to over do it with editing and you will see how it's all about the angle and the moment you capture it.
I hope these 5 tips have helped you plan your next event. Remember, arrive early and focus on one car. Don't edit if possible and enjoy taking the shots nobody else will take.