You put a lot of time, money, and elbow grease into getting your classic car looking like a million bucks. Now, you’re ready to show it off on social media. After all, who doesn’t appreciate being greeted by the image of a sleek, classic car as they scroll through their social media feeds? Before you start snapping photos of your car, though, there are some simple yet surprisingly effective car photography tips you should be following to make sure you’re capturing your car in the best possible light. From there, you can post with confidence and watch the “likes” add up!
Watch Out for Unwanted Reflections
One of the biggest mistakes people make when taking classic car pictures for beginners is not being careful to avoid catching their own reflections. This can be difficult to avoid, as your prized classic car has likely been waxed and/or polished to look its best before photos.
Avoiding an unwanted reflection (either of yourself or of nearby objects) when taking pictures of your car is all about proper positioning and angling. Before you take a new shot, always take a quick look and make sure there are no reflections visible to keep your pics looking as professional as possible.
Try a Few Vertical Shots
While landscape shots are the most common when taking photos of cars, the reality is that more people are viewing pictures on their smartphones these days than ever before. With this in mind, vertical photos are becoming increasingly popular. There’s no reason you need to hold your phone (or camera) horizontally for every picture you take of your car, then. Mix things up a bit by taking a few vertical shots; this perspective can also be a great way to capture your car in the foreground of a beautiful cloudy sky.
Take Advantage of Natural Lighting
When photographing cars, it really is all about using the proper lighting to achieve your desired look. Make sure you’re considering the time of day and natural lighting available when photographing your car. Generally, the best time to take pictures of your car outside will be about an hour before sunset. Also known in the photography field as “golden hour,” this time of day offers warm lighting to capture stunning photos.
Don’t Forget About the Interior
As tempting as it may be to focus only on your car’s sleek exterior, it’s important to remember that your antique car’s interior can be its own work of art worth photographing. Take some time to play around with different angles and features of your car’s interior to capture a truly creative shot. You may be surprised at just how much fun you can have with this!
Ready to Get Out There?
With these car photography tips, you no longer have to wonder, “how to take pictures of my car?”
You don’t need to be a professional photographer to snag some great shots of your pride and joy vehicle. In fact, you don’t even need any fancy equipment beyond your cell phone camera or a decent digital camera to capture some Insta-worthy photos of your antique car. With the right lighting, some careful planning, and a little creativity, you’ll be wowing your social media followers with sleek shots of your classic car in no time. At the end of the day, just remember to have fun with it!
For more tips and tricks on making the most of your classic car experience, be sure to keep an eye on the Wayfarer Insurance Group blog. We’re constantly adding new posts about antique car life, classic car maintenance, and more!